Emergency and Trauma

About Methodist Health System's Emergency Departments

Whether you need treatment for chest pain, severe headache, severe stomach pain, breathing problems or a broken bone, Methodist Richardson Medical Center’s two emergency departments are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with specialists dedicated to returning you and your family to good health.

Medical teams at Methodist Health System's Emergency Departments stand prepared to handle emergencies including heart attack and cardiac events , severe gastrointestinal ailments and stomach pain, severe, sudden headaches, and other symptoms of medical emergencies, including but not limited to:

  • Chest pain, including possible symptoms of heart attack in men and women
    • Shortness of breath
    • Tightness in chest
    • Pain in left arm
    • Jaw pain
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Sweating, cool, clammy skin, and/or paleness
    • Dizziness or fainting
    • Unexplained weakness or fatigue
    • Rapid or irregular pulse
  • Symptoms of heart attack in women
    • Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back
    • Chest pain or discomfort with sweating
    • Pain that spreads from the chest to the arm, neck, back, or jaw
    • Shortness of breath, tiredness, or upset stomach and nausea
    • Breaking out in a cold sweat
    • Nausea or lightheadedness
  • Severe headache, especially if it started suddenly
  • Severe stomach pain, including persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Severe bleeding
  • Asthma
  • Allergic reactions
  • Back pain
  • Breathing problems and shortness of breath
  • Broken bones
  • Burns
  • Change in mental status (such as loss of consciousness, confusion, or trouble waking)
  • Coughing up blood
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Fever
  • Flu
  • Head, spinal cord, or eye injuries
  • Insect and animal bites
  • Seizures
  • Sprains and strains
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Stroke
  • Trauma
  • Upper respiratory infections

All care provided in the emergency departments at our hospitals is performed by or under the supervision and guidance of independently practicing physicians on the medical staff at Methodist Health System.

Every minute counts: Call 911

If you think you or someone you know is having a heart attack or stroke, call 911 immediately. Do not drive to the hospital.

By calling 911 at the first sign of symptoms, you buy yourself time. Plus, you give emergency medical personnel the opportunity to start care on-site and en route to the hospital.