Heart Attack – Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack
When a doctor fails to diagnose a heart attack, the consequences are often devastating.
The heart needs to be nourished by oxygen-rich blood. When this process is interrupted, and blood is not able to flow as it should for one reason or another, a heart attack occurs. Each year more than a million American’s suffer a heart attack.
Some of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack are well known. Others are harder to detect. However, trained medical professionals should be able to diagnose and properly treat a heart attack. When they fail to do so, the consequences are often devastating.
Heart Attack Symptoms
Some of the common heart attack symptoms may include:
- Chest pain, or tightness in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue and anxiety
If you experience any combination of these symptoms, or feel that you are having a heart attack, you should seek medical attention immediately.
However, not all people experience the same symptoms or have them in the same degree when having a heart attack. For some people the pain is mild, while for others it is severe. The severity of the heart attack can also vary.
Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack
We trust medical professionals to treat our medical conditions properly, especially in emergency cases. There is often nothing more frightening than suspecting a medical emergency and making a trip to the ER. Most of the time, doctors and nurses are able to accurately diagnose and treat people experiencing a heart attack. However, this is not always the case.
Thousands of people go to the hospital each year with symptoms of a heart attack, only to be sent home after being told they are fine. However, some of them have been victims of medical malpractice because they did in fact suffer a heart attack that was misdiagnosed. When a heart attack is not treated correctly or quickly, the damage is often irreversible and can lead to death.
St. Louis Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Get immediate help. If you believe that you have a medical negligence or malpractice claim arising from a physician’s failure to diagnose a heart attack, contact the medical malpractice lawyers at the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation by calling (314) 588-7200 or filling out our online contact form.
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