Failure To Diagnose Heart Attack
A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, occurs when a portion of the heart muscle does not receive adequate blood supply, and dies. When the heart muscle dies, it causes chest pain. Approximately 800,000 Americans suffer a heart attack every year.
While the signs and symptoms of a heart attack are well known, e.g., chest pain, left shoulder pain, jaw pain, neck pain, shortness of breath, cold-sweats, nausea and light-headedness, heart attacks are frequently misdiagnosed due to medical malpractice. Whether due to internist malpractice, emergency medicine malpractice, cardiology malpractice, or some other medical mistake, the failure to diagnose a heart attack can have devastating consequences because heart muscle dies with each minute appropriate treatment is delayed. Most undiagnosed heart attacks result in death.
Risk factors for a heart attack include:
- high blood pressure;
- high cholesterol; and
- acid reflux;
- panic attacks;
- pulled muscle;
- gallstones; and
- fractured ribs.
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