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Medical emergencies seldom announce themselves, but before things get completely out of hand, more often than not, there are some definite signs. In order to help people avoid tragedies and regrets, here are five emergency signs that always should be checked out at the ER as soon as possible, if not immediately.

Chest Pain and/or Pressure

The most common reason for chest pain is acidity and gas, but that is not always the case, obviously, as thousands of people die from heart failure every year, after ignoring tell-tale signs such as chest pain and/or a feeling of accumulating pressure within the chest. Check and find out what to do and how to get emergency treatment as quickly as possible. Even if you think it’s heartburn, rush to the urgency room to get it checked out, especially if the pain/discomfort lasts more than two minutes and/or is accompanied by breathing difficulty, queasiness, and pain elsewhere.

Breathing Difficulties

Breathing difficulties can be caused by a number of reasons and while not all of them are emergency situations, if you cannot figure out the reason, or if you deem the reason to be serious enough, get to the ER or call ER services to your home as soon as possible. Some of the urgent, life-threatening conditions that can cause breathing issues are anaphylactic shock, a severe asthma attack, congestive heart failure, COPD, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, and cardiac arrest.

Severe Abdominal Pain and Throwing Up

Severe abdominal pain and vomiting can indicate food poisoning (bacterial or chemical), appendicitis, ruptures in internal organs, and much more. At times, such situations can be even more serious than a heart condition, so getting appropriate care to the patient is vital to his/her wellbeing and complete recovery.

Loss of Sensation

There are a number of neurological conditions that can give way to loss of sensation, but more often than not, it’s a sign that the person has suffered a stroke. Common signs of a stroke include losing sensation or power in one side of the body, visible facial drooping, slurred speech, etc. If you experience any of these, call the emergency services or someone you know immediately, and do not try to go there by yourself.

Sudden and Severe Headaches

Sudden and severe headaches can be a sign that the person is suffering from a stroke, but it can also indicate a tumor, aneurysm, ruptured blood vessels, delayed concussion, and a lot more. The head is where the brain is, which is the most vital organ of them all, so do not neglect a serious headache that you cannot quite explain or have been experiencing for a while.

In case you experience some other sign that wasn’t mentioned here, but you still feel that it’s causing you sufficient discomfort to warrant a visit to the emergency room, it is highly recommended you do not hesitate about doing so. Our bodies often give off signals that only we can detect to be serious enough and, therefore, acting on it could be the literal difference between life and death.

Please consult your doctor for medical advice.