Go to the Emergency Room immediately if you have symptoms of heart attack or stroke, or if you feel that your health is in immediate danger. If you are unsure of whether you are having a life-threatening medical emergency, go to the ER.
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, you should visit the ER if you have any of these warning signs:
- Chest pain or pressure
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Sudden or severe pain
- Coughing blood or vomiting blood
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Sudden dizziness, weakness, or changes in vision
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Changes in mental status, such as confusion
- Evaluation of an assault, physical or sexual abuse, or child abuse
If you have a chronic medical condition, consult with your primary care physician in advance about when you should visit the Emergency Room.