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Blackout when laughing
llmichelle2001 posted:
For a while now I have been getting sharp stabbing headaches when I laugh hard accompanied with a feeling of dizziness. I have put them off thinking its no big deal because the headaches do not last long, but recently I have started to lose time when this happens,like blacking out. It is not a significant amount of time, only 10-15 seconds, but it has me concerned. This last episode lasted longer than ones before and left me feeling really out of it for a few minutes. I am overweight but have ever been diagnosed with high blood pressure or cholesterol. Also when I have these episodes my heart feelis like it is going to jump out of my chest. Are my symptoms normal? I can't get into a doctor for a week and a half and want to know if I should seek more immediate medical attention.
cardiostarusa1 responded:

....."but it has me concerned"

No doubt.

"Are my symptoms normal?"

No, of course not.

Noteworthy, if you do a Web search on
'blacking out when laughing', you should find others in various forums that have posted about the same or similar (eg. coughing hard, sneezing hard) symptom occurring.

Lose weight sensibly
and keep ALL other known modifiable risk factors closely in-check.

Best of luck down the road of life.

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