What to know about dizziness

People living with chronic disease are more likely to feel dizzy or lightheaded as a symptom of their disease or due to medication side effects.

This can increase the risk of falls and impact daily activities.

What to do when feeling dizzy

  • Sit down until the feeling stops

  • When sitting or standing, move slowly to avoid falls

Prevention

How to prevent dizziness and light-headedness

  • Ensure medication is taken correctly, and speak to a pharmacist, nurse, or doctor about side effects

  • Stay active and exercise daily

  • Check each day for swelling in stomach, feet, ankles, and legs

  • Instead of eating a few large meals, eat several small meals during the day

  • Stay hydrated

  • Rest after eating

  • Sleep with head on a pillow(s)

  • Avoid very hot places (e.g., hot tubs, hot showers, or baths)

  • Make sure the home has proper lighting to avoid falls

  • Wear proper fitting footwear

  • Have mobility aids (walker, cane, etc.) nearby when standing up

Dizziness Storysheet

View the Dizziness Storysheet to learn more about what to do when someone is experiencing dizziness.