Crandall & Pera Law, LLC
Call 24/7 - Free Consultation
855-444-6651

Why is it hard to identify a heart attack?

You were running with some of your friends when you felt an unusual sensation. Your chest was tight, and you felt lightheaded. Shortly after the symptoms, you passed out, but the emergency team that was called was able to stabilize you and take you in to the hospital for care.

There, it wasn't clear what happened. It was suggested to you that it may have been a panic attack and that everything appeared normal. A week later, you suffered a major cardiovascular event and ended up in an emergency surgery to correct a problem with your heart valve.

A missed diagnosis a dangerous issue for sick patients

Heart attacks can come on for many reasons, from stress to blocked arteries. In your case, it was a heart valve that wasn't working correctly that caused unusual symptoms.

Many people don't realize that there are different kinds of heart attacks. This is particularly dangerous in the medical field. Medical providers, especially in an emergency setting, need to know all the symptoms that they have to look for, not just the basics, like a crushing feeling in the chest or numbness in an arm.

Heart attacks mimic many other conditions

Since the symptoms of a heart attack vary, your heart attack could mimic other health conditions. For example, a patient who has asthma may feel like they can't breathe or that their chest is tight, which is similar to a heart attack. Someone with a pinched nerve may lose sensation in an arm. Anxiety attacks can also present similarly to heart attacks. Acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease may also mimic the signs of a heart attack.

Knowing that there are many conditions that present similarly to heart attacks, it's essential that emergency and primary care providers don't see that a patient has one of these other conditions and ignore the possibility of a heart attack. While many of the conditions that mimic heart attacks are not dangerous, a real heart attack is life-threatening and should be addressed as quickly as possible.

Failing to address a heart attack when a patient comes to the emergency room the first time, even if they do stabilize, could mean that they are not able to get medical care the next time it happens. This could lead to serious injuries or death for patients who are unable to get help when they need it.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

The Respect And Dignity You Deserve

Our dedicated team of skilled trial attorneys and registered nurses have devoted their careers to seeking justice for clients just like YOU. Please reach out to us today at 855-444-6651 or via the Internet, we are only one call or email away. An initial consultation is free and comes without strings.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Office Locations

Cincinnati Office
36 East 7th St.
Suite 2610
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Toll Free: 855-444-6651
Cincinnati Law Office Map

Cleveland Office
850 Euclid Ave.
Suite 1122
Cleveland, OH 44114

Toll Free: 855-444-6651
Cleveland Law Office Map

Columbus Office
35 E. Gay St.
Suite 226
Columbus, OH 43215

Toll Free: 855-444-6651
Columbus Law Office Map

Cincinnati Office
1095 Nimitzview Dr.
Suite 403
Cincinnati, OH 45230

Toll Free: 855-444-6651
Cincinnati Law Office Map

Chesterland Office
12768 Chillicothe Rd.
Suite 210
Chesterland, OH 44026

Toll Free: 855-444-6651
Chesterland Law Office Map

Lexington Office
1900 Cambridge Dr.
Suite 101
Lexington, KY 40504

Toll Free: 855-444-6651
Lexington Law Office Map

Chagrin Falls Office
15 1/2 N. Franklin St.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Toll Free: 855-444-6651
Chagrin Falls Law Office Map