When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Call 911 or emergency medical assistance

Dizziness can be a symptom of a serious medical problem, such as a heart attack or a stroke. Call 911 or have someone drive you to the emergency department if your dizziness is associated with:

  • A new, different or severe headache
  • Falling or trouble walking
  • Chest pain or an irregular heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Facial weakness or numbness
  • A sudden change in speech, vision or hearing
  • A head injury
  • A high fever
  • A very stiff neck
  • Ongoing vomiting
  • Leg or arm weakness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures

Schedule a doctor's visit

Call your doctor if your dizziness is recurrent, sudden and severe, or long lasting.

In the meantime, these self-care tips may help:

  • Move slowly. When you stand up from lying down, move slowly. Many people experience dizziness if they stand up too quickly.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Staying well-hydrated can help prevent or relieve several types of dizziness.
  • Avoid caffeine and tobacco. By restricting blood flow, these substances can make symptoms worse.
Aug. 07, 2015