Feeling Faint. Possible Stroke or TIA? Sitting Up Is Right!!

Spring 2002 CSANews Issue 42  |  Posted date : Apr 05, 2007.Back to list

This one really surprised us! Our instinctive reaction with any illness is to have the "patient" lie down and rest to see if it will pass. Wrong!

Feeling faint or dizzy, or losing feeling in part of the body, is one of the possible symptoms of a stroke or Trans Ishemic Attack (TIA). These symptoms can occur when your brain does not receive enough oxygen. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that "Sitting Up" is the best position to keep oxygen levels as high as possible. If absolutely necessary, lying on your right side is preferable to lying on your left side, again because of increased oxygen levels found in the study.

"Sitting Up" will allow more oxygen to enter the brain and even a small increase in oxygen levels can have a dramatic impact on eventual recovery. Should an ambulance be necessary for me or for someone in my family, under these circumstances, we will certainly be riding in the "Sitting Up" position.