As expert birth injury, cerebral palsy, and medical malpractice attorneys, we here at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, would like to let you know that although heart attacks are a common medical emergency, many aren’t detected until the last minute, or even right before and/or after death occurs. Therefore, if you suspect that you or someone you know has suffered because a heart attack was misdiagnosed, it’s important for you to speak with an attorney to discover if that was truly the case, and if you or your loved one are entitled to any compensation.
A Heart Attack Misdiagnosis – Happens More Than You May Think
All throughout the year, millions of people all over the United States visit their family doctors or emergency rooms because they are experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain, and many other warning signs of heart attacks. However, because some of these symptoms can be the signs of other ailments or conditions, many healthcare providers fail to diagnose heart attacks and thus send the patient on his or her way without the proper treatment.
Why are patients sometimes not diagnosed as having a heart attack and/or with the potential of having one in the future?
As we mentioned above, some healthcare specialists view the signs as being a caused by something else. Additionally, the signs that a woman is suffering from a heart attack are sometimes different than what a man would exhibit and vice versa.
Some studies have even shown that women have been misdiagnosed because they indicated that they were suffering from fatigue, vomiting/nausea, and light-headedness that they and their physicians unfortunately believed were caused by other non-threatening illnesses. The fact of the matter is, just because a woman (or another person) is not experiencing the “typical” signs of a heart attack such as chest, shoulder, jaw, neck, or arm pain, and shortness of breath, that doesn’t mean a heart attack should be automatically ruled out.
In fact, a good healthcare provider would consider the symptoms along with your age, whether you’ve had previous heart conditions, overall medical history, lifestyle choices, the medications you take, and many other factors. When it all comes down to it, the healthcare provider should have carefully assessed your current condition and run any tests to determine whether or not you are suffering from, or are at risk of suffering from a heart attack in the future.
If you believe that you or a loved one suffered a heart attack because it was misdiagnosed, or have a loved one who died from a heart attack that could have been prevented, please reach out to our firm to schedule a complimentary consultation. To learn more about the medical malpractice and birth defect attorneys on our team, please also browse our site, or give us a call.