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Being able to recognize the signs of a medical emergency—and acting quickly—could help save someone’s life.

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, signs and symptoms of a medical emergency include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
  • Fainting, weakness, or sudden dizziness
  • Changes in vision
  • Confusion or other changes in mental state
  • Sudden or severe pain
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Suicidal thoughts

IF YOU DETECT ANY OF THESE SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS, GO TO THE HOSPITAL RIGHT AWAY. If you think the condition could be life-threatening or could get worse on the way to the hospital, call 911 immediately.