Are you having a Medical Emergency?



How do you know when you have a medical emergency?  According to the American College of Physicians (ACEP), these 12 signs require immediate medical attention.

Emergency symptoms –

  • Unexpected or severe pain (Any)
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Trouble catching breath or breathing difficulty
  • Vomiting or coughing blood
  • Vision changes
  • Chest pain or pressure lasting longer than two minutes
  • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
  • Problems speaking
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings
  • Unusual pain in the abdominal pain

Other symptoms to be on the lookout for –

  • Blood in the urine – Blood in the urine can be a sign of a bladder infection or something much more serious such as a kidney stone or a malignancy.
  • Rectal bleeding – Blood in the stool is commonly associated with hemorrhoids.  However, blood in the stool can also be caused by an active ulcer or colon cancer.
  • Abnormal sores, lumps or lesions – Keep your eyes out for sores that are irritated or moles that change size, have unusual shapes, or change color.

If you experience emergent symptoms please seek medical attention immediately.  If you have other symptoms that may not require emergent treatments please don’t ignore them.  Your doctor will perform a variety of health assessments and tests to determine the underlying cause.  Please contact the office of Dominion Internal Medicine today @ 540.878-5408 if you are seeking answers to your medical questions.  We can help!  Most insurances are accepted!

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