How Is Dizziness Related To Your Neck Pain or Headaches?
Dizziness, neck pain, and headaches are interrelated. Moreover, there are quite generic or common symptoms that many often encounter in life. In this context, this article will cover various key aspects of dizziness, its impact on the human body, and its probable causes (particularly when dizziness occurs right after standing).
In most cases, dizziness can be often caused whenever you stand up pretty quickly. Consider this situation; when you’re just lying down or taking rest with a calm and relaxed mood, your heart doesn’t really need to work that hard. That’s why your blood pressure (BP) is typically low when we take rest or while we simply lay down on our bed.
But, if you quickly change your position i.e. you suddenly bolt upright, then your heart will certainly need to pump faster, with much of your blood moving down the body to your legs. In this situation, your brain will be momentarily starved of its much-needed blood supply that further causes an imbalance in your body. And then, you may feel a light headedness or the instances of dizziness. The aforementioned symptom is known as Orthostatic Hypertension (OH) which is often mistakenly considered as a benign symptom.
OH is defined as a situation when our overall blood pressure drop >20 mm Hg systolic (that means the upper number heart is in full contraction mode, or at its full beat), 10 mm Hg diastolic (the lower number heart is at full rest), or even both. This symptom typically occurs merely within seconds to a few minutes after moving quickly to a standing position.
There are two types of OH
Delayed OH (DOH) occurs within around 3 minutes of standing; its symptoms aren’t immediate. However, full OH generally occurs almost immediately upon rising. The symptoms of full OH are even more serious and it requires adequate treatment too. According to a recent study (conducted in 2016), that was published in an extremely eminent journal of Neurology, researchers reviewed about 165 patients who had undergone testing for dizziness. The average age of the patients was 59, where 48 were clearly diagnosed with DOH, 42 with full OH & the remaining patients were clear of either condition.
During a prolonged ten-year follow-up, 54% of the DOH group had manifested into the OH category, of which 31% succumbed to a degenerative brain disorder, for example, Parkinson’s disease or dementia.
The early death rate of this study revealed that 29% of DOH group died early, and 64% of the OH group too. Those who weren’t suffering from either of the conditions showed merely a 9% early death rate.
Those who were initially diagnosed with DOH were given appropriate treatment which might have improved their overall blood pressure. Hence, they hadn’t progressed into full OH and their early death had been successfully prevented.
Thus, it’s pretty clear that if DOH and OH are diagnosed early and properly managed & treated well ahead of time, a premature death can be surely avoided. Therefore, this medicinal study also reveals that both OH and DOH are potentially serious conditions. Hence, if you’re also suffering from any of these symptoms, don’t take it lightly or don’t consider it just as a benign condition. Rather, it’s recommended to consult with a specialist medical practitioner to get a closer evaluation.
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