Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
Manage Your Blood Pressure
Light-headedness or dizziness can be caused by problems with your blood pressure. Have your blood pressure checked regularly.
Sometimes a drop in your blood pressure can happen when you get up from a lying or sitting position. This is called postural hypotension. Be careful and change your position slowly. If you have been lying down, sit for a few minutes. Stand up slowly and give your body time to adjust. Then slowly begin moving.
Dizziness can be caused from other health problems. It can happen when you look up or when you turn your head quickly. Tell your healthcare provider if you feel lightheaded or dizzy.
Take care when you bend down, like when gardening. Raise your head up slowly. Make sure you have your balance before you start moving.
Eat 3 meals a day or eat small amounts often throughout the day. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Missing meals and having too much salt in your food can make you dizzy.
Drink 6 to 8 glasses (250 mL or 8 oz.) of water and other fluids each day or as recommended by your healthcare provider. Not enough water can lead to dizziness. If you have heart failure, other serious health conditions, or take water pills, talk to your healthcare provider about how much you should drink.
"I was getting out of bed to go to the bathroom when I suddenly felt dizzy. The room started to move and the next thing I knew, I was lying on the floor. After my doctor changed my medication, I haven't been dizzy."
To learn more about your risk of falling complete the
“Is there a chance you might fall?” checklist.
Current as of: June 30, 2019
Author: Fall Risk Management Program