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

Our Location

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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
  • fainting
  • 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.


Chest Discomfort

  • 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.  


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.  


  • 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

To learn more about the early signs of a heart attack, view the brochure created by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.