When should you seek care in the emergency room? Some medical emergencies are very obvious, but less drastic symptoms may have you wondering if you actually need ER treatment. The first rule of seeking ER care is that if you are ever in doubt, you should always come down on the side of caution and go. If you experience any of the following symptoms, make sure you get to the emergency room, stat.
Having chest pain doesn’t always mean you are having a heart attack, but fast treatment is so important to good outcomes after a heart attack that you should never delay seeking care for this symptom. At the emergency room, a doctor can test your heart function and determine if a heart attack or something less severe, like indigestion, is causing your chest pain. If you go in thinking that you’re in heart crisis and find out the real culprit is the spicy meal you had earlier, don’t feel sorry that you sought emergency care—and definitely don’t let that experience stop you from going to the emergency room again if you have chest pain in the future.
If your speech begins to slur, or if you feel like you’re having a difficult time getting your words out, get to an emergency room right away. This symptom could mean that you’re having a stroke. Don’t brush the problem under the rug if your slurred speech corrects itself. You could have had a mini-stroke, which could be a precursor for a bigger stroke down the line.
Everyone experiences bleeding now and then from minor injuries, but bleeding that lasts for more than 10 to 20 minutes is definitely a reason to go to the emergency room. Don’t wait that long if you can see muscle through your injury or if you have an injury that impedes movement. Instead, go immediately.
The emergency room at Largo Medical Center is ready to help you face all of your medical emergencies. You can find out our current average ER wait times by visiting our website or by calling Largo Medical Center at (727) 470-6826.