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Show 992: Overcoming Vertigo

Vertigo is a troubling symptom; the cause can be difficult to diagnose and therefore to treat.
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Overcoming Vertigo

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Dizziness is a common problem, but not easily diagnosed. A little lightheadedness could be a reaction to dehydration or blood pressure medication. But when the room is spinning, walking can become difficult or even dangerous. A fall, especially for an older person, can have very serious consequences.

When Is Dizziness Dangerous?

When does vertigo signal a potentially serious condition? Could it be a sign of a stroke or a migraine? We’ll find out how to determine if this symptom deserves an emergency department visit, and what can be done to treat the most common causes of vertigo.

Call in your questions and comments at 888-472-3366 or email radio@peoplespharmacy.com between 7 and 8 am EDT.

This Week’s Guest:

David Kaylie, MD, FACS, is Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Otolaryngology at Duke University Medical School. He is also the Medical Director of the Duke Vestibular Disorders Clinic and Medical Director of the Duke Skull Base Center.

His website is https://www.dukemedicine.org/treatments/ear-nose-and-throat/balance-problems

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About the Author
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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