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Average ER Wait Times

The Medical Center of Aurora

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Centennial Medical Plaza

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Saddle Rock ER

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When Does Shortness of Breath Need Emergency Care?

Shortness of breath can be frightening – so when should you seek emergency care? The short answer is: listen to your body. If the shortness of breath strikes suddenly, inhibits your ability to perform daily tasks, or if resting does not improve your condition, it may be time to seek emergency care. Similarly, if you have asthma and a sudden attack is not alleviated by your rescue inhaler, head to an Aurora ER immediately. 

You know your body better than anyone; if the shortness of breath feels different, wrong or concerning to you, seek care at the closest Aurora emergency room. 

If you are still unsure if shortness of breath necessitates a visit to the ER, below are some tips to help you decide. 

When to go to the ER – symptoms and conditions

Seek emergency care if your shortness of breath is accompanied by the following symptoms: 

  • Chest pain, fainting, or nausea (could indicate a blood clot)
  • Abnormal discomfort
  • If your shortness of breath does not respond to rest 

People with certain medical histories may require more immediate care

If you are experiencing difficulty breathing and have any of the following medical conditions, you should seek emergency care: 

  • History of collapsed lungs
  • Chronic Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis 

Exceptional ER care at an Aurora hospital near you

At The Medical Center of Aurora, our commitment to patient-focused, patient-centered care ensures that you will find the best possible treatment for your labored breathing concerns. With an Aurora emergency room that strives to beat the national average wait time, The Medical Center of Aurora is dedicated to seeing each of our patients as quickly as possible. Fully staffed with board-certified emergency physicians and certified emergency nurses, the ER houses a level II trauma center, stroke center and cardiac center of excellence.