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Sudden onset symptoms are symptoms that develop quickly. They can also be called quick onset symptoms or acute symptoms. Sudden onset symptoms can change over time, worsen rapidly, and be severe. They are different from symptoms that develop slowly over a period of time, which are called chronic symptoms.
If you need urgent care, wait at home, not in the emergency room. Use the Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican online waiting service, InQuicker, to select your estimated arrival time before heading to the emergency room for sudden onset symptoms in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
If you’re unsure whether or not you need to go to the ER, err on the side of caution and seek assistance. Call 911 immediately for stroke symptoms (including slurred speech and paralysis or weakness on one side) and heart attack symptoms (including shortness of breath and chest pain).
Quick Onset Symptoms Can Be Signs of Serious Conditions
Sudden onset symptoms may signal several serious conditions. Any information you can give your doctor will help him or her diagnose the underlying condition.
If you experience sudden onset symptoms, pay attention to any other signs that are also occurring. This could even be symptoms that developed before your current problem. Note what you were doing when the symptoms started and anything that makes them improve or worsen.
Types of Acute Symptoms
Many sudden onset symptoms need medical attention right away. Examples of sudden onset symptoms include:
Causes of Sudden Onset Symptoms in Las Vegas, NV
Sudden onset symptoms are caused by an underlying medical condition. These conditions can be serious and severe or mild and temporary. Conditions that can cause sudden onset symptoms include:
- Cerebral hemorrhage
- Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
- Gastric ulcer
- Heart attack
- Aortic aneurysm
- Esophageal varices
- Pulmonary embolism
- Flu (influenza)
- Stomach ulcer
Visiting an emergency room for sudden onset symptoms allows for additional emergency services and testing, including X-ray and other diagnostic imaging, to rule out or confirm a diagnosis. After diagnosis, you and your doctor can plan next steps and the most appropriate treatment.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican treats sudden onset symptoms in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.