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Identifying Signs of a Medical Emergency

Last updated 4 years ago

When does a health problem become a medical emergency? The answer to this question can take many forms depending on the nature of the health crisis. Brandon Regional Hospital strives to provide exceptional emergency room care for patients living in the greater Hillsborough County region. If you or a loved one suffers from any of the following medical conditions, seek ER assistance as soon as possible.

Chest Discomfort Persists

Chest pain should always be taken seriously. This common symptom of a heart attack can indicate that the heart is being denied the blood it needs to function. Without continuous blood supply, heart cells can die, and the organ can soon shut down. Any chest sensation that presents as acute pain, sudden constriction, or strong pressure should be brought to the attention of an emergency room specialist.

Breathing Becomes Arduous

Uneasy breathing is another sign of heart trouble. A person who suffers a heart attack may begin to breathe with greater difficulty, as the body goes through oxygen deprivation. However, this medical problem can point to any number of other serious health concerns as well. Breathing can become labored in response to an allergy attack. If the body encounters an allergen, it can go into anaphylactic shock, which may cause respiratory dysfunction. A severe asthma attack can trigger the same response.

Blood Loss Continues

The cardiovascular system is responsible for bringing enough oxygenated blood to all the cells of the body, so if a substantial laceration or wound causes extensive blood loss, it can become a life-threatening situation. If a deep cut or other injury prevents the body’s clotting abilities to stop blood loss, emergency room help may be necessary. When bleeding fails to subside after a few minutes, contact the nearest ER center.

When a medical crisis arises, every minute counts. That is why Brandon Regional Hospital provides up-to-the-minute ER wait times on our website. For more information on our ER wait times or services, call our Hillsborough County hospital at (888) 327-2636. 


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