Failure To Diagnose Heart Conditions, Heart Attacks And Heart Strokes
More than 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year, making it the leading cause of death in the country. An American dies from heart disease every minute, and one American suffers a heart attack once every 43 seconds. These statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm how important it is 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 know how deadly and serious a failure to diagnose 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.
Heart Disease Causes And Symptoms
Many of the risk factors for heart disease are well-known, and could easily be verified through correct testing procedures and oral histories of the patient. The risk factors include:
- A history of smoking
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Lack of exercise and poor diet
- High blood pressure
- High LDL cholesterol
Heart attack symptoms include chest pains, difficulty breathing, fatigue and dizziness, pain in the jaw or neck, left shoulder pain, nausea, and shortness of breath – sometimes. In truth, many people, especially women, experience heart attack symptoms more akin to indigestion, which can lead doctors to misdiagnose a heart attack.
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 non heart-related cause such as abdominal pain or gastrointestinal disorders. Other diagnosis mistakes include:
- Acid reflux
- Panic attacks
- An ulcer or gallstones
- A fractured rib
There are also other types of medical malpractice that are heart-related. Prescribing the wrong medication for heart disease or prescribing drugs for non cardiac 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.
We will review your history and your medical treatments, to see if negligent delay or misdiagnosis caused or worsened any cardiac problems. Just seconds delay in the treatment can cause heart damage, heart attack, stroke or even death.
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.