A low red blood cell count (anaemia) can affect the amount of oxygen reaching the balance part of the brain even when the blood pressure is normal. A low blood sugar level (hypoglycaemia) may also cause dizziness. Patients complaining of lightheadedness, a faint sensation or imbalance should therefore have a blood test to exclude anaemia.
A blood sample is taken by the ENT Practice Nurse after the application of a rubber tourniquet to the upper arm. The samples are sent directly to the TDL laboratories for immediate analysis.
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Dr Gerald Brookes is regularly consulted by the media for his expertise. He has been interviewed by the Daily Mail, featured on Channel 4's Embarassing Bodies, looked after The X-Factor contestants and recently, appeared on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans.
Media: Channel 4
Adele was experiencing dizziness and balance problems so severe that she could barely function. In desperation, after consulting her GP to no avail, she got in touch with Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies team. The show then contacted Dr Gerald Brookes, who was able to diagnose her rare condition as Basilar Migraine.
Catherine Eade was having dizzy spells and balance problems. When inexplicably she started suffering memory loss too, she consulted Dr Gerald Brookes at The Harley Street ENT Clinic who correctly diagnosed her problem as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
The Harley Street ENT Clinic looked after The X-Factor TV show contestants for many seasons. At the end of the 2010 season, Dr Gerald Brookes was interviewed by Nicky Broyd of Boots WebMD on the perils of high pressure performing.