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Symptoms That Should Send You to the ER

Last updated 4 years ago

HCA West Florida offers more than a dozen hospital locations for West Florida residents with medical emergencies. At each of these hospitals, doctors, nurses, and assistants trained to deal with a variety of health crises can capably attend to your needs. Should any of the following circumstances arise, seek emergency care as soon as possible.

Labored Breath

Are you having difficulty breathing? Is a loved one complaining of shortness of breath? Easy respiration is integral to overall wellness. When breathing becomes labored, it can indicate a range of problems. Upper respiratory infections, such as pneumonia and bronchitis, can impede your breathing efforts. In some cases, they can lead to fatal outcomes if help is not sought. An asthma attack or severe allergic reaction can also bring on strained breathing. Breathing troubles may be a sign of a heart attack as well.

Abdominal Aches

Abdominal pain a frequent cause of emergency room visits for good reason. Many vital organs housed in the abdominal region can succumb to infection or inflammation that produces discomfort. For instance, both appendicitis and gallstones can induce pain. Some women might be surprised to learn that stomachaches can also indicate serious problems, as they often reveal the presence of heart attacks in female sufferers.

Confused Speech

If a loved one suddenly behaves in a confused manner, he may require emergency care. Abrupt confusion may reflect any number of serious conditions. Stroke, which robs the brain of oxygen-rich blood, can produce symptoms of confusion. This side effect typically stems from damage to the part of the brain that controls communication and comprehension. A person suffering from trauma to the head may also appear confused if he has a concussion. Especially when you fail to find a reason for a loved one’s confusion, it is important to get emergency help so that the source can be identified and addressed.

The hospitals of HCA West Florida offer rapid response times to all medical emergencies. Visit our website today to view our current ER wait times. You can also call us at (877) 442-2362 to find out more about our emergency care services for those living in the West Florida area.



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