Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
You passed out (lost consciousness).
You vomit blood or what looks like coffee grounds.
You pass maroon or very bloody stools.
You have chest pain or pressure. This may occur with:
Shortness of breath.
Nausea or vomiting.
Pain that spreads from the chest to the neck, jaw, or one or both shoulders or arms.
Feeling dizzy or lightheaded.
A fast or uneven pulse.
After calling 911, chew 1 adult-strength aspirin. Wait for an ambulance. Do not try to drive yourself.
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
You have severe belly pain.
Your stools are black and tarlike or have streaks of blood.
You have trouble swallowing.
You are losing weight and do not know why.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:
You do not get better as expected.
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November 14, 2014
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