The Emergency Department
The Emergency Department at Starr Regional is available 24/7 in Athens and Etowah. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1. Both campuses offer private rooms and specialty rooms for cardiac and trauma events.
If these warning signs of Heart Attack, Stroke or Cardiac Arrest are present CALL 9-1-1
Get directions to the ER using the maps below.
Athens - Get Directions
Etowah - Get Directions
When is it an Emergency?It can be confusing sometimes to decide when your medical condition warrants a trip to the emergency department. Some examples of major illness or injury which constitute a trip to the emergency department are:
- breathing problems
- heart problems
- sudden dizziness, weakness or change in vision
- continuous bleeding
- coughing up or vomiting blood
- poisoning or drug overdose
- severe burns, cuts, punctures or bites
- severe or persistent vomiting
- chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
- change in mental status (such as confusion or difficulty waking or unusual behavior)
When in doubt, come immediately to the emergency department.
HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS
- Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
STROKE WARNING SIGNS
Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.:
- 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 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.
CARDIAC ARREST WARNING SIGNS
Sudden loss of responsiveness (no response to tapping on shoulders).
No response to tapping on shoulders.
Does nothing when you ask if he's OK.
No normal breathing
Victim is not breathing or is only gasping.
Information from www.heart.org
To learn more about the early signs of a heart attack, view the brochure created by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.