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.
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.