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Emergency care

Emergency care is the treatment of emergent medical conditions. It is generally performed in an emergency room, but can also refer to treatment in an ambulance. In addition to life-threatening conditions, emergency medicine physicians may treat patients with injuries or infections.

Emergency room (ER) in Loudoun County, Virginia

We respond with skilled care when you have an emergency.

StoneSprings Hospital Center's emergency department offers fast, expert care, including advanced surgeries and intensive services. Our priority is making sure you receive the care you need quickly and that we provide it with the compassion and comfort you deserve.

When to visit the ER

Sometimes it can be hard to know when you are facing a medical emergency. If you aren't sure, follow the "better to be safe than sorry" rule and go to the ER. However, in general, consider going to the ER if you have:

  • Broken bones
  • Chest pain
  • Concussions
  • Contusions and cuts
  • Flu
  • Infections
  • Severe illnesses
  • Sprains
  • Stomach pain
  • Signs of a stroke
  • Troubled breathing

Our emergency care services

We are prepared to assess and treat many medical emergencies, from infections to major medical conditions like severe wounds or heart attacks.

What to expect at the ER

We do our best to make your visit to the ER as quick and comfortable as possible. Our providers will work to accurately diagnose and treat you efficiently and effectively.

Check the top of our website or text "ER" to 32222 to find out the ER wait times of the HCA Virginia hospital closest to you.

Note: Message and data rates apply. ER wait times are approximate and provided for informational purposes only.

Recognizing heart attack and stroke symptoms

If you or a loved one is showing symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, it's crucial to seek medical attention immediately.

Heart attack

Chest pain is the most common indicator of a heart attack. If you are experiencing persistent chest pain accompanied by other symptoms, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.

Heart attacks may also include any of the following symptoms:

  • Cold sweat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Jaw and back pain
  • Nausea
  • Paleness
  • Palpitations
  • Unexplained anxiety
  • Weakness or fatigue

While the most common sign of a heart attack is chest pain and pressure, women are more likely to experience common symptoms such as jaw and back pain, nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath.


A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen to the brain gets blocked or bursts. Symptoms of a stroke often come on suddenly and can include:

  • Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes
  • Intense headache
  • Loss of balance or trouble walking
  • Trouble understanding language
  • Weakness or numbness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body

EMS providers show up in difficult times

In the last few years, healthcare has seen incredible changes. While families and neighbors stayed home during the pandemic, our colleagues and community EMS providers showed up for our patients, our communities and each other.