Feel woozy? Do this first

Your body is signaling distress. Take it seriously and follow these instructions.

Published: November, 2020

Quick, what do you do if a bout of wooziness strikes? Since the symptom can be a sign of either something minor or a more serious problem, you need a plan of action.

What is wooziness?

Wooziness is a tricky word. People use it to describe many symptoms, such as feeling mentally unclear or confused; a little weak; lightheaded, like you might faint; unstable, like the world is bobbing around; or even mildly nauseated. And doctors say wooziness can be all of those things. "But wooziness is not the world spinning around you. That's vertigo," says Dr. Natalia Rost, a Harvard Medical School professor and chief of Stroke Services at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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