What Symptoms Require Immediate Medical Attention?

What Symptoms Require Immediate Medical Attention?
Published on, 11 May, 2024. Answered by Dr. Yao-Ching Huang and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I'm 16 years old. I have my state exam today, and while I was studying for it, I couldn't breathe correctly, my eyes got blurry, and my heart started racing like never before. I know it wasn't a panic attack like Google suggests; I have had a panic attack before, and this felt different. My heart had never acted that way; it was super fast, and I could feel I was about to pass out. I don't really know if it's as crucial for me to go see a doctor right away, or if I can wait till I present my exam.



Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


It's crucial to prioritize your health, especially if you've experienced severe symptoms like difficulty breathing, blurry vision, and a racing heart. While it's understandable that you may want to focus on your state exam, your well-being should come first.


Given the severity of your symptoms and the feeling that you were about to pass out, I strongly recommend seeking medical attention as soon as possible. It's essential to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and ensure you receive appropriate care and support.


If you're worried about missing your state exam, you can contact your school or exam administrators to explain the situation. They may be able to provide accommodations or reschedule the exam for a later date.


In the meantime, try to stay calm and focus on taking care of yourself. If you have someone you trust who can accompany you to the doctor's appointment, it may help alleviate some of your worries.


Remember, your health is paramount, and it's crucial to address any concerning symptoms promptly. Don't hesitate to seek medical attention and prioritize your well-being.




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