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Failure To Diagnose Heart Conditions, Heart Attacks And Heart Strokes

It is essential for general physicians, emergency room doctors and cardiologists to get the diagnosis of heart conditions or a possible heart attack correct. The medical malpractice lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law, LLC, know how deadly and serious a failure to diagnose a heart attack or heart disease can be. Heart attacks and strokes can kill or permanently disable a person in an instant. We work diligently to hold health providers accountable for failure to make a correct and timely diagnosis of heart disease. Our attorneys have obtained million-dollar verdicts for victims of medical malpractice throughout Ohio and northern Kentucky.

Risk Factors For Heart Disease

Many of the risk factors for heart disease are commonly known by the medical community and could easily be verified through correct testing procedures and oral histories of the patient. Some risk factors include:

  • Obesity
  • A history of smoking or heavy alcohol consumption
  • Lack of exercise and poor diet
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL cholesterol

We will review your history and your medical treatments to see if negligent delay or misdiagnosis caused or worsened any cardiac problems. Many times just a brief delay in treatment can cause heart damage, heart attack, stroke or even death.

Heart Attack Symptoms

A heart attack may announce its impending arrival by pain in the chest, left shoulder, jaw or neck. Other common heart attack symptoms include nausea and indigestion, shortness of breath, fatigue and dizziness.

Misdiagnosis Of Heart Disease

Misdiagnosis is different than a delayed diagnosis. Misdiagnosis of heart disease means the doctor, hospital or nurse attributed the symptoms to some other nonheart-related cause such as abdominal pain or gastrointestinal disorders. Other diagnosis mistakes include:

  • Panic attacks
  • A fractured rib
  • Angina
  • Acid reflux, stomach ulcer or gallstones

There are also other types of medical malpractice that are heart-related. Prescribing the wrong medication for heart disease or prescribing drugs for noncardiac reasons without considering the effect on the heart can also result in catastrophic harm. Even when heart disease is properly diagnosed, improper treatment can cause harm to the heart and the body.

Choose An Experienced Lawyer To Handle Your Case

We rely on decades of combined experience to protect the rights of victims and their families when an act of medical negligence delayed your diagnosis or treatment. Please call 855-444-6651 or complete our contact form to set up an appointment at one of our offices.