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Ask the doctor: Can a pacemaker cause dizzy spells?

Ask the doctor

Can a pacemaker cause dizzy spells?

Q. My father recently had a pacemaker installed. Now, almost every time he stands up or gets out of bed, he feels dizzy. Is this a common side effect of getting a pacemaker, something he needs to get used to? Is there anything he can do about it?

A. This is definitely an issue that needs to be looked at.

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