If Your Heart Attack Was Misdiagnosed Or Not Diagnosed, Speak With A Louisville Medical Malpractice Attorney
When someone suffers from a heart attack, timing can mean the difference between life and death. For this reason, it is absolutely vital that myocardial infarctions are diagnosed quickly and treated correctly as soon as possible. Sadly, in emergency rooms and family practices across the country, heart attacks are misdiagnosed on a regular basis, especially in women.
If you or a loved one has been harmed due to a heart attack misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation for damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about your possible Kentucky medical malpractice claim, we urge you to speak with a Louisville misdiagnosis attorney today. Seth Gladstein wants to hear your story and investigate your case. To schedule a free, private consultation, call him today at (800) 991-0474.
Heart Attack Symptoms and Signs
A heart attack occurs when blood flow is blocked from the heart’s muscles. Each year in the United States, over one million people suffer this condition – especially to women, the elderly, and the poor. When this occurs, the heart muscle may become damaged or die. The sooner that a heart attack is treated, the more likely the chance of survival and the more likely the sufferer will recover well from the event.
There are specific symptoms that may indicate that an attack may soon occur or is occurring:
- Vomiting or nausea
- Shortness of breath
- Tingling, fullness, pain, or pressure in the chest area
- Pain in the upper body that extends to the jaw, shoulders, teeth, arms, back, or neck
- Indigestion or prolonged heartburn
Heart Attack Misdiagnosis in Women
It is important to note that, even though more women than men suffer from heart attacks each year, women are more likely to be misdiagnosed in emergency rooms. This is for three major reasons:
- Women often experience different heart attack symptoms than men do.
- Women are less likely to be kept for observation after experiencing symptoms than men.
- Doctors may dismiss serious heart symptoms in women, due to bias, lack of knowledge, or simple negligence.
Although the leading heart attack symptom for women is chest pain and chest tightness, an alarming 40 percent of women do not experience chest pain at all, while some of their other symptoms are different:
- Shortness of breath without chest discomfort.
- Back and jaw pain without chest discomfort.
- Anxiety and the feeling of a pounding heart.
Unfortunately, these symptoms are often diagnosed as much less serious health conditions, including anxiety attacks and acid reflux. In fact, women under the age of 55 were seven times more likely to be misdiagnosed after a heart attack than men.
Again, when patients with the symptoms of a heart attack are diagnosed and treated promptly, their chances of survival and recovery are dramatically increased. On the other hand, failing to diagnose and treat an attack can have permanent and devastating effects on a patient, even resulting in death.
Heart Attack Misdiagnosis and Wrongful Death
While some instances of medical malpractice and misdiagnosis can be remedied, heart attack misdiagnosis can often be deadly: Those who have heart attacks that are not treated go home to have another, fatal attack – or to have their heart disease worsen, unchecked. If your loved one suffered a fatal heart attack, or died of heart failure following a misdiagnoses, you may be justified in filing a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim can help you collect damages for your loved one’s:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and future lost wages, and
- Your loss of consortium and loss of companionship.
Seth Gladstein – An Experienced Kentucky Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack Malpractice Attorney
Based in Louisville, attorney Seth Gladstein is dedicated to helping those affected by personal injury and medical malpractice, including the survivors, the victims, and their families. He can help you learn about your rights as a patient, and understand your best options for legal action. Along with the assistance of his legal team, Seth can give you the help that you need to collect the financial compensation that you deserve. A free consultation is available when you call (502) 855-4177 or toll-free at (800) 991-0474. You are also invited to fill out our online contact form, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
*Each case is different and the past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case. Client pays costs only upon recovery.