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Sometimes it’s easy to know a situation is an emergency. You or a loved one can’t breathe, is bleeding, or can’t move a body part. Other times, the signs aren’t so obvious or debilitating. You think they’ll go away, or you don’t want to bother the emergency room doctors with something minor.

What should you do? Call 911 or head to the nearest emergency room.

Be sure to seek emergency treatment if you have:

  • Chest pain that may be accompanied by sweating, shortness of breath, spreading pain, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or a fast or irregular heartbeat
  • Symptoms of a stroke, including sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body, confusion, trouble speaking or understanding, trouble seeing in one or both eyes, trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
  • Bleeding that doesn’t stop after 15 minutes of direct pressure
  • Sudden severe pain and swelling in a joint
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Passing out (fainting)
  • Swallowing poison
  • Choking
  • Broken bones
  • Bites, human or from some animals
  • Gaping wounds (meaning the edges don’t come together)

Source: Virtua Health