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When to Go to the Emergency Room

Last updated 3 years ago

When is the right time to get emergency medical care? That’s a question nearly everyone faces at one point or another. The most important thing is to avoid second-guessing yourself. If you think that you or someone you love could be facing a medical emergency, then you should go to the emergency room for diagnosis and treatment. Medical emergencies only get worse as time passes, so delaying care could be dangerous. If you go to the emergency room and find out you’re not having an emergency, feel lucky instead of silly. Continue reading for a look at some of the common symptoms that warrant a trip to the emergency room.

Sudden Headache

Headaches aren’t often medical emergencies, but a sudden, intense headache—one that feels like the worst headache of your life—is worth a trip to the emergency room. Such a headache may be a sign of an aneurysm or a stroke, which could be life threatening without the proper care. Be especially alert to headaches accompanied by dizziness, confusion, or sleep difficulties.

Breathing Difficulties

Anytime you find yourself out of breath without any explanation, go to the emergency room for evaluation. Breathing problems are associated with many different health problems, including allergic reactions, heart attacks, asthma, and more. Shortness of breath can also indicate some kind of lung infection, like pneumonia.

Chest Pain

Having chest pain does not always mean you are having a heart attack. It can also be caused by digestive problems, anxiety, lung infections, and muscle strain. However, chest pain could mean that you are having a problem with your heart, and because you lose more heart tissue every second a heart attack goes untreated, it’s important to get diagnosed in an emergency room as soon as possible.

At Englewood Community Hospital, our emergency room offers fast, cutting-edge care when you need it the most. Don’t try to wait your symptoms out. Instead, come to our Englewood, FL emergency room for care. You can learn more about our hospital by calling (888) 658-1598.


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