When to Seek Emergency Care

When to Seek Emergency Care

It can be sometimes difficult to know when to seek emergency care. Nobody wants to feel like they are overreacting to a situation. However, it is important to seek emergency care when there is a serious problem. If you do not know if your issue is serious enough to warrant emergency care, then take a look at the symptoms below that definitely warrant a visit to our emergency room.

  • Chest Pain
  • Chest pain should never be ignored. It is one of the main symptoms of a heart attack. If you or someone that you are with is experiencing severe chest pain, then do not ignore it. You should seek emergency help immediately.

  • Stroke
  • Every minute counts when a person is experiencing a stroke. If you suspect that you or a person near you is experiencing a stroke you should immediately call 911. Remember the acronym to help you identify if a person is having a stroke: FAST. FAST stands for: face, arms, speech, time.

    • Face: Check to see if the person is experiencing facial droop by asking them to smile.
    • Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms up. Can they raise them equally, or does one drift away or down? Ask them if one arm feels weak or numb.
    • Speech: Is the person having difficulty understanding what you’re saying to them? Do they have trouble responding in complete sentences?
    • Time: Take note of the time that the stroke happened and call emergency services immediately.
  • Alcohol or Another Drug Emergency
  • Not ignore an alcohol or drug overdose. If you suspect that a person has alcohol poisoning or is undergoing a drug overdose, then you should seek emergency treatment immediately.

    Here are some other serious symptoms and conditions that warrant a visit to our emergency room:

    • Asthma
    • Abdominal Pain
    • Headaches/Migraines
    • Pneumonia

    If you have any more questions, please give us a call. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 immediately.

June 3, 2018