Fainting/change in mental state

Fainting/change in mental state

Changes in mental state are a major reason for people to go to urgent care centers. You might be in shock from trauma, have suffered a stroke, or experience some other medical emergency. A medical team will make sure you are stable and address any underlying issues causing your change in state of consciousness. Other possibilities can include blood clots, allergic reactions, and anaphylaxis—all of which would be very dangerous if not treated as soon as possible. If you think you might be suffering from these conditions call 911 immediately; they’ll take you to a hospital if necessary while they wait for an ambulance to arrive.

An emergency room visit can be expensive and time-consuming, but if you have signs of a life-threatening emergency—like chest pain, a change in mental state, fainting—it could be your best option. With many urgent care centers open around-the-clock, you can get quick help without having to wait for an appointment. If you’re worried about a possible heart attack, consider stopping by at night when doctors are on call. Or take steps to avoid severe dehydration by drinking more water during heat waves when air conditioning systems kick into high gear. And keep up with medical checkups! Regular visits to your primary care physician help ensure that even serious conditions are caught early enough to treat with medicine and lifestyle changes rather than emergency surgery (and hospital stays).

Anyone experiencing either of these symptoms should immediately seek medical attention. According to hospital estimates, about one-quarter of people who pass out in public have a serious underlying medical condition (such as a heart arrhythmia) that can cause sudden death. If you are concerned that you might faint, or if someone tells you they think they might lose consciousness, call 911. Even without an ambulance ride, fainting itself can be dangerous—it’s worth it to get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible.