When you call in sick for the first time, your doctor is usually the one to tell you if you’re in danger of having a stroke, heart attack or a heart attack in the future.
But if your doctor has no idea what’s going on and you’ve been told you have an emergency, can you trust them?
We recently spoke with a lot of people who are on the brink of being at a major stroke and now have to wait until an emergency doctor shows up to tell them that they’re not.
The crisis has become so acute that a recent Gallup poll found that nearly half of Americans are at risk of a major medical emergency, with some estimates putting the number of people at risk at 30 million or more.
In some cases, a stroke can be treated without a doctor or a hospital being at full capacity.
Even when your doctor does know what’s wrong, there are ways to make sure he or she doesn’t just tell you it’s an emergency.
Some people are lucky and have a doctor who knows what they need, such as: if you have asthma or heartburn, you can use inhalers that contain antioxidants, such inositol-3-phosphate (IP3) and vitamin E, which have been shown to lower your risk of developing stroke.
If you have high blood pressure, your blood pressure medication can be given through a vein or a tube, instead of a vein, to slow the bleeding.
If you have a family history of strokes, you might have a lower risk of having one or have other health problems that can make it hard for you to have a routine check-up.
You might have other symptoms such as tiredness, weakness or fatigue, or your doctor might notice a lack of energy, such a feeling you feel like you’re on the verge of collapsing.
If your doctor thinks you might need to go to the emergency room, you should talk to them, too.
“People will get a lot more comfortable if they talk to a doctor, and it’s less likely they’ll call 911,” says Katherine Tully, MD, who directs the medical department at the University of Southern California’s Center for Emergency Medicine.
“If they don’t call 911, you’re probably going to get hurt, which can be really hard on a person with a history of stroke.”
It’s important to be clear that you have every right to get the care you need even if you feel confused about what’s happening.
“The most important thing is to make a good first impression, so if you don’t get it, you shouldn’t be waiting,” Tully says.
But even though doctors might know the symptoms, they can’t diagnose what is causing your condition, so the best course of action is to talk to your doctor and make sure that they understand how to treat the condition, she says.
You can always check your insurance company’s website to see if you are covered.
If your insurance does not cover your emergency room visit, call the National Stroke Association at 1-800-222-1222.