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Dizziness is the sensation of disorientation and light-headedness — feeling like you might pass out. This is different than vertigo, which is the sensation of things spinning around you. Weakness generally refers to the loss of muscle strength, and it can be experienced in one part of the body or all over.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals provides comprehensive emergency care to patients with signs of dizziness and weakness in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. Use our online ER waiting service and select your estimated arrival time at one of our emergency rooms.
Dizziness occurs when blood is not getting to the brain quickly enough or if there is not enough oxygen in your blood. Common causes of dizziness include low blood sugar, changes in altitude, heart failure, dehydration, and certain medications.
While weakness can be due to injury or inflammation, the combination of dizziness and weakness may be a more serious condition that requires prompt medical attention. Sudden, one-sided weakness — with or without dizziness — is a symptom of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or a mini stroke). Gradual weakness could be a symptom of nerve damage or neurological disease such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease.
Other causes of weakness and dizziness may include thyroid conditions, migraine, alcohol or drug use, panic attack, and infection of the brain or spinal cord.
When you see a Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican doctor for dizziness and weakness, they will ask questions about your symptoms, medical history, and any medications you take.
Other diagnostic tests that may help your doctors include a neurological exam, blood tests, and heart function tests. After being diagnosed, your doctor will explain next steps, including your treatment options or referral to a specialist.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers emergency care and treatment for patients experiencing dizziness and weakness in the Greater Las Vegas and Henderson area.