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Emergencies Don't Wait

04.29.2020

​If you have life-threatening symptoms know you can safely receive care at our urgent care clinics, emergency rooms and hospitals. We have taken many steps to protect you and health care workers. Seconds count if you experience symptoms of stroke or heart attack. Acting fast and not hesitating​ to seek immediate medical care could save your life. 

The emergency care centers at Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and Cherokee Medical Center remain open and ready to care for you. ​

​Ambulances Stand Ready

Do not hesitate to call 911 for life-threatening emergencies like heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest symptoms. Patient requiring transport in a Floyd ambulance are also in good hands. First responders are wearing personal protection equipment, face masks and to make sure patients and staff are protected​.

Urgent Cares are Open

​For non-life threating emergencies, our eight urgent care locations are ready to provide care for minor illnesses and injuries, work-related injuries and after-hours health care close to home.​​

Know the Signs and Symptoms

Heart Attack​

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes — it may go away and then return. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. 
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. 
  • Shortness of breath. This can occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Signs for women - Women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain. Some women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea/ vomiting and back or jaw pain.
  • ​Other possible signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. Within seconds a person becomes unresponsive, is not breathing or is only gasping.  Survival depends on getting immediate CPR. If you don’t have formal training, use Hands-Only CPR. ​To begin chest compressions, place one hand on top of the other. Then, with your arms fully extended, push hard and fast in the center of the chest at a rate of 100 compressions per minute. ​​

Stroke

Remember to act F.A.S.T. ​during a stroke. ​

  • Face Drooping. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. 
  • Arm Weakness. Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
    Speech Difficulty. Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly? 
  • Time to Call 911. If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately.