When To Call a Doctor
Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if you:
- Have new or sudden onset of chest pain that is crushing or
squeezing, is increasing in intensity, or occurs with any other
symptoms of a heart attack, such as shortness of breath and nausea.
- Have new or sudden
- Are coughing up a lot of blood (not just streaks of blood or a
small amount of blood mixed with a lot of mucus) from your lungs.
- Have been vomiting and feel that you may pass out when you sit up
Call your doctor immediately if you have:
- Labored, shallow, rapid breathing with shortness of breath or
wheezing, even when you are resting.
- Swelling of your neck and face.
Call your doctor to find out when an evaluation is needed
- Have new chest pain (more than just discomfort when you cough)
that lasts a long time and gets worse when you breathe deeply.
- Develop symptoms of
pneumonia, such as shortness of breath, cough, and
- Have a cough that produces a small amount of bloody (bright red
or rust-colored) mucus.
- Frequently cough up yellow or green mucus from your lungs (not
postnasal drainage) for longer than 2 days.
- Vomit frequently from coughing.
- Have a cough that lasts longer than 4 weeks.
- Breathe normally when you are at rest but are very short of
breath after any physical exercise.
- Have increasing fatigue for no apparent reason.
- Have unexplained weight loss.
Who to see
Health professionals who can evaluate your symptoms
and your risk for lung cancer include:
Health professionals who can evaluate and treat your lung
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Michael Seth Rabin, MD - Medical Oncology
September 12, 2012
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