When to go to the ER. Know the signs.
Whether you live in the Las Vegas, New Mexico area or are visiting our great community, going to the ER is usually not on your to-do list. However, some symptoms always demand immediate medical attention. These can include things like head injuries, high fevers and signs of heart attack or stroke.
Recognizing Serious Illness or Injury
Can you recognize the signs of serious illness or injury? They include:
- Fevers greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit in infants and 103 degrees in older children and adults
- Severe pain anywhere in the body
- Significant vomiting and diarrhea
- Head injuries — especially those accompanied by loss of consciousness and/or vomiting
- Deep wounds causing unmanageable bleeding
These symptoms and injuries are best evaluated or treated in an ER setting.
Heart Attacks and Strokes
Heart attacks and strokes can happen anywhere, anytime. Minutes matter when such an emergency strikes.
A heart attack is often recognized by symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath and upper-body discomfort.
Women’s heart attack and stroke symptoms often differ from those experienced by men. Fatigue and nausea are common heart attack symptoms in women.
Stroke symptoms can include severe headache, disorientation, difficulty walking and/or speaking, and weakness or numbness on one side of the body.
Women’s stroke symptoms may include chest pain, heart palpitations, nausea and shortness of breath, according to the National Stroke Association.
The Bottom Line
Although the symptoms mentioned above are commonly associated with medical emergencies, you know your body best and should always feel comfortable seeking emergency medical care any time you experience unusual or concerning symptoms. This can set your mind at ease and also ensure you have quick access to potentially lifesaving medical care, if needed.
The Emergency Department at Alta Vista Regional Hospital serves Las Vegas, New Mexico and surrounding communities by providing fast, comprehensive, and compassionate emergency care.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
For minor illnesses, Las Vegas Medical Group is open from 8:00 am to 8:oo pm, Monday through Friday.
Related Services and Conditions
Neurology is a specialized branch of medicine that treats disorders of the nervous system—with the brain being the central hub of the nervous system. Alta Vista Regional Hospital proudly partners with the University of New Mexico to give our Inpatient and Emergency Room patients access to Teleneurology care.
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