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Patient Question

When is it an Emergency?

Asa Viccellio, MD

Asa Viccellio, MD

Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Expert Answer

Unsure of when to go to the Emergency Department? Asa Viccellio, MD, Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, describes the classic, general symptoms signaling an emergency. He notes that there may be other more specific signs as well, so if you are not sure, call your doctor. If the symptoms seem life-threatening or are rapidly worsening, call 911.

  • Difficulty breathing/Shortness of breath
  • hest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
  • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
  • Changes in vision
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Confusion or changes in mental status
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Any sudden or severe pain
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Unusual abdominal pain

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