- The Washington Times - Monday, January 1, 2007

There are several warning signs that indicate a medical emergency, according to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). The signs include:

Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath.

Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure.

Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness.

Changes in vision.

Confusion or changes in mental status.

Any sudden or severe pain.

Uncontrolled bleeding.

Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea.

Coughing or vomiting blood.

Suicidal or homicidal feelings.

Difficulty speaking.

Unusual headache.

Unusual abdominal pain.

The signs, along with additional health and safety information, are listed on ACEP’s Web site (www.acep.org/webportal/PatientsConsumers/).

Shelley Widhalm

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