Medical Emergency Warning Signs

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If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

Warning Signs that Indicate a Medical Emergency

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

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call 9-1-1 immediately.

It’s important to know that for certain conditions, such as heart attack or stroke, it is essential to call 9-1-1 because paramedics can deliver life-saving care en route to the hospital.

Source: American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)