When to Visit the ER for Dizziness

Feelings of dizziness can actually indicate two different conditions: lightheadedness and vertigo.

Lightheadedness can cause you to feel dizzy or as if you are about pass out, but not as though your surroundings are moving. Often, this feeling of lightheadedness goes away once you lie down. Vertigo is a feeling that you or your surroundings are moving when neither actually is. Feeling as though you’re off balance or tilting could be an indicator of vertigo.

If you’re not sure whether your dizziness requires emergency care, consider these guidelines.

If You Have These Symptoms, You May Require Emergency Care

If the dizziness is not a fleeting feeling, eased by lying down or your balance is compromised, you should immediately visit the closest emergency department. If dizziness is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, you should also seek emergency care. 

  • Other neurological symptoms, including double vision and loss of vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness in the muscles
  • Difficulty walking
  • Headache
  • Vomiting 

If You Have These Medical Conditions, You May Require Emergency Care

For individuals with certain medical histories, dizziness may signify a more serious issue. If you have any of these medical conditions and are experiencing bouts of dizziness, you should visit an emergency department. 

  • Individuals over the age of 50
  • History of fainting associated with dizziness
  • Underlying heart disease or previous stroke 

HealthONE has 12 full-service emergency departments in the Denver metro area, so you’re certain to find an ER that is close to home and able to address your dizziness. Our hospitals strive to beat the national average wait time, so you can get quick access to high-quality emergency medical care.

ERs in Metro Denver


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Emergency Room Care / Denver ERs

The Medical Center of Aurora
Saddle Rock ER 
Centennial Medical Plaza
North Suburban Medical Center
North Suburban Northeast ER
North Suburban Northwest ER
Presbyterian / St. Luke's Medical Center
Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL
Rose Medical Center
Sky Ridge Medical Center
Swedish Medical Center
Swedish Southwest ER