Posted by: Helen | 2011/04/17

dizzyness and sleep

I have suffered with dizzyness and blackouts for a few years. A few years ago I was put through numerous tests and scans, which nothing serious showed up. I have suffered a few T.I.A in the past.
Recently, the dizzy spells are back with a force so to speak. My blood pressure is below normal (90/60 - and sometimes lower). I am having like a ''thud'' heartbeat when walking or standing up. Again, tests have shown - the ''ticker'' is fine too.
To top all of this, for the last month or so, I am falling asleep everytime I sit and watch tv or even just sit in a lounge chair. This can go on right throughout the day. I am sleeping just fine during the night. I am 48 years old. I do suffer with headaches a lot and my vision seems to be far more weaker the last month or so. Am I just getting old lol...or should I be not on a medical aid.
Thank you in advance

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Yes, it would be reasonable to be concerned. Sleep apnoea, or its related conditions, can certainly cause irregular heart beats. The problem is that the testing and treament is quite expensive - if you are not on a medical aid you probably wont get any change for R 20,000.

You should probably discuss this with a cardiologist, who may be able to reassure you, or steer you in the right direction.

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