"Should I Go to the ER for Dizziness?"

Feelings of dizziness can actually indicate two different conditions: lightheadedness and vertigo.

Lightheadedness can cause you to feel dizzy or as if you are about pass out, but not as though your surroundings are moving. Often, this feeling of lightheadedness goes away once you lie down. Vertigo is a feeling that you or your surroundings are moving when neither actually is. Feeling as though you’re off balance or tilting could be an indicator of vertigo.

Visit the ER if:

  • If the dizziness is not a fleeting feeling, eased by lying down or your balance is compromised.
  • If dizziness is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:
    • Other neurological symptoms, including double vision and loss of vision
    • Slurred speech
    • Weakness in the muscles
    • Difficulty walking
    • Headache
    • Vomiting
  • You have a medical condition such as:
    • Individuals over the age of 50
    • History of fainting associated with dizziness
    • Underlying heart disease or previous stroke

Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center, located on 20th and High Street in Denver, may be able to help you. We strive to beat the national average wait time, so you can get quick access to high-quality emergency medical care. Learn more about our ER.