are your symptoms an emergency in disguise?

Are My Symptoms an Emergency?

Emergencies aren’t always obvious. Many conditions have similar symptoms making it difficult to decipher an emergency from a false alarm. But early treatment can save lives. That’s why it’s essential to know when to seek emergency care. Uncover the differences between commonly confused symptoms and conditions below.

Heartburn or Heart Attack?

Chest pain is the most commonly known clue of a heart attack. But every heart attack is different. And pain can often resemble discomfort, pressure and even heartburn. Learn how to tell if your acid reflux may really be a heart attack in disguise.

Heartburn or Heart Attack?

Migraine or Stroke?

A sudden, severe headache. You feel dizzy, nauseous and are having trouble seeing. A typical migraine, right? Learn how to tell if your migraine may really be a stroke in disguise.

Migraine or Stroke?

Panic Attack or Heart Attack?

Chest pain, a racing heart, shortness of breath, nausea – it can be surprising how similar a heart attack and a panic attack can feel. Learn how to tell if your panic attack may really be a heart attack in disguise.

Panic Attack or Heart Attack?

Stomach Flu or Appendicitis?

Stomach pain, diarrhea and nausea – add in a fever and your symptoms could suggest appendicitis. Learn how to tell if your stomach bug may really be appendicitis in disguise.

Stomach Flu or Appendicitis?

Additional Symptoms & Conditions

Are you experiencing symptoms or think you may have a condition that isn’t listed above? You have a couple of options to get the answers you need.

When minor symptoms like dizziness, heartburn or stomach pain turn into a real emergency, you need to get to an emergency room fast. With 11 ERs conveniently located throughout the region, you can reach an HCA Midwest Health hospital ER near you.

And when your little one has a mishap, or those smaller aches and pains turn into a high fever or symptoms that get better and then come back even worse, our kids ERs are just a hop, skip and jump away for your entire family.

Sometimes, injuries happen like a sprained ankle or nasty cut that may not be an emergency, but you do need urgent care. With 10 urgent care locations across the metro area, we can make sure you’re seen and stitched up and cared for in no time.

Top Symptoms Requiring ER Visits

  • Head injury or other major trauma
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Life-threatening conditions
  • Loss of consciousness
  • One-sided weakness or numbness
  • Open fractures
  • Severe bleeding
  • Signs of heart attack/chest pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Uncontrolled pain or bleeding

Symptom not listed? View the most searched diseases and conditions.

ER Locations

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ER or Urgent Care?

How do you know when a medical condition is serious enough to go to the emergency room? This helpful guide explains the symptoms and conditions that are urgent enough to visit the ER, an Urgent Care, a Walk-in Clinic, or a Doctor's Office. The guidelines can help you decide which healthcare provider makes the most sense for your medical needs, and your budget.

Urgent Care Locations

ER for Children

With 24-hour services, the latest technology, and caring staff, our 10 pediatric-ready emergency rooms are prepared for your little one's mishaps. In fact, our hospitals beat the national average for pediatric ER readiness and treat nearly 25,000 kids each year. Learn more about our pediatric emergency rooms.

Kids ER Locations  

Pediatric ER of Overland Park

Fastest Average ER Wait Times

HCA Midwest Health hospitals offer the shortest wait times in the Kansas City area. In fact, our average ER wait times are consistently faster than local and national averages. Plus, we treat more emergencies than any other healthcare system in the region.

2016 Averages (Median)

Source: Hospital Compare, Oct. 1, 2015 – Sept. 30, 2016

  Research Medical Center
  Belton Regional Medical Center
  Lafayette Regional Health Center
  Lee’s Summit Medical Center
  Overland Park Regional Medical Center
  Menorah Medical Center
  Centerpoint Medical Center
14 Min
  Kansas City Area Average
21 Min
  National Average

Need Health Advice?

Need help navigating the healthcare system? Good health is important to everyone. And our Healthcare Center is just the tool you need to make better informed decisions about your own care and coverage.

Nurses On-Call: For health information and advice from registered nurses who are available 24/7, call 1-800-386-9355.

Emergency? Dial 911. Listen to your body. If your symptoms appear life-threatening, don't drive. Call for an ambulance.

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