There is no such thing as a “wasted” visit to the emergency room for an anxiety attack. For someone who may be experiencing anxiety, or their first panic attack, a visit to the emergency room is warranted to make sure that the cause of the person's distress is not a heart attack, asthma/breathing problem, thyroid or hormone emergency, or other dangerous medical condition such as irregular / fast heartbeat, blood clot in the lungs or anxiety arising from a neurological disorder, medication reaction or elevated blood pressure.
Almost anyone experiencing symptoms of anxiety or a panic attack requires evaluation. Unless the individual has a history with panic attacks, is generally healthy, and is experiencing a typical attack, they must be evaluated promptly by a doctor. Its best to be on the safe side and go to an emergency room like ER Katy where the doctors have the necessary equipment and experience to appropriately evaluate for a potentially underlying dangerous emergency medical condition.
Even for doctors who are board certified in emergency room medicine, the diagnosis of a panic attack is known as a diagnosis of exclusion. This means that before the doctor can be sure of a panic attack based diagnosis, all other possible causes of the symptoms and other possible conditions need to be considered first.
Anxiety can mimic many harmful conditions. A good doctor must "think of the worst" to be sure not to miss other conditions with a potentially more serious outcome. With doctors who are board certified in emergency medical treatment, patients can expect the best diagnosis including a thorough history check and a thorough physical examination for potentially life threatening conditions.
In summary, anxiety can be a lot more than just worry about a particular event. It can range from stroke to heart attack to blood clot in lungs to medication reaction. In either case it is important to be checked out by a board certified ER doctor at a place like ER Katy that has the specialized equipment onsite to expedite comprehensive diagnosis and care.
ER Katy is committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. All doctors on ER Katy’s staff are Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and are ready to treat patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
ER Katy is conveniently located at I-10 and Pin Oak, near HEB.