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Sunday, March 23, 2014

9 Not So Obvious but Potentially Deadly Symptoms

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Everyone knows the “Call 911!” symptoms — abdominal pain, chest pain, etc. But there are other warning signs that, while they may not warrant a speedy trip to the emergency room, should quickly send you to your doctor. These signs and symptoms, according to experts, should always receive medical attention — pronto.

1. Shortness of Breath. If you’re short of breath or wheezing, and you haven’t been exercising, you may be in trouble. Anything from asthma, pneumonia, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to a blood clot in the lung can bring this on, and it needs to be evaluated quickly. Shortness of breath can also be caused by panic attacks brought on by intense anxiety, says the Mayo Clinic.
2. Flashes of light. Flashing lights may signal imminent retinal detachment, says allaboutvision.com. The sensation of flashing lights usually occurs in one eye, but it can be in both eyes at the same time. A shadow over a part of your vision, blurred vision, or the sudden appearance of many “floaters” may also signal an impending detachment. Immediate care may save your sight since a detached retina almost always causes blindness if not treated quickly. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 1 in 7 people who experience flashes will have a retinal tear or detachment.

3. Unexplained Weight Loss. Almost all of us would love to lose a lot of weight quickly and easily, but if you’re not really trying and all of a sudden you lose 5 percent of your weight in one month or 10 percent over a period of six months, call your doctor. It could mean anything from cancer or diabetes to liver disease, says the Mayo Clinic.
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