Common Reasons for Patients to Require Emergency Services
When you are feeling miserable because of illness or injury and have a pressing need for medical attention, you may decide that a visit to the emergency room is the best option. You are not alone—read on to learn the most common reasons that patients visit a hospital’s emergency care center for immediate medical assistance:
- Heart attack symptoms
Individuals experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, or myocardial infarction, require immediate medical attention. Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain, upper body discomfort, nausea, cold sweat, and shortness of breath. If treatment is not started quickly (within 1 hour of the onset of symptoms), there may be irreversible damage to the heart muscle.
- Stroke symptoms
Stroke is a serious event that can lead to permanent brain damage and death. The symptoms of stroke include numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, sudden vision changes, trouble speaking or understanding, problems with walking, and a sudden, severe headache that can be called ‘the worst headache of your life’.
- Abdominal discomfort
Stomach pain is a common reason that patients will visit the emergency room. With or without vomiting, intense stomach pain can be indicative of a serious medical issue, such as appendicitis, gallstones, poisoning, or other conditions.
Families with young children will often visit the emergency room if their child develops a fever. Small children and older adults tend to have weaker immune systems and have more difficulty fighting infection.
- Head pain
Patients with frequent migraine headaches may not be able to get their pain under control without the intervention of a physician. As mentioned before, a severe headache may also be a sign of stroke.
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center prides itself on short emergency room wait times, access to the latest technology, and comprehensive services. Learn more about our emergency care and accredited Chest Pain Center by contacting our staff at (818) 676-4000.