The failure to diagnose heart attacks among various patient populations (e.g., women, low-income, the elderly) is alarming. A patient's oncoming heart attack may be missed due to substandard medical care. The possible consequences of failing to diagnose a heart attack can be life threatening.
The Louisville, Kentucky firm of Brett H. Oppenheimer, PLLC represents patients who experience a failed diagnosis and the families whose loved ones were lost due to medical negligence. To schedule an evaluation of your case, contact our Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer at our Louisville office today.
Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack
Every year in the United States, more than a million people have a heart attack, also known as an MI (myocardial infarction). A heart attack is an instance of heart failure, the stopping of the heart’s normal function. About two-thirds of individuals having a heart attack will experience symptoms such as:
- Severe chest pain
- Tingling sensation in the chest
- Pressure or a sense of fullness in the chest
- Feeling of heartburn/indigestion
- Pain or numbness radiating into one or both arms
If the symptoms and signs of a heart attack are noticed in time and diagnosed correctly, the patient can be treated and the serious consequences of a full-blown heart attack can be prevented. In contrast, a failure to diagnose a heart attack can have devastating results.
How Does a Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack Occur?
One of the most common symptoms of a heart attack in both men and women is chest pain. However, some women may not experience chest pain, and may actually experience atypical heart attack symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, indigestion, anxiety, tiredness and back, neck or jaw pain.
When women have atypical symptoms, they may be misdiagnosed with another condition such as acid reflux or other stomach problems. Some women may also be diagnosed with having a panic attack. Misreading a patient’s symptoms is a common reason for a misdiagnosis to occur.
If You’ve Suffered from a Failed Heart Attack Diagnosis
A heart attack misdiagnosis is very dangerous and can lead to fatal consequences. If you or someone you love experienced a heart attack misdiagnosis, you may be eligible to seek and recover financial compensation for your pain and suffering.
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