Cardiac Misdiagnosis/Delayed Diagnosis

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Misdiagnosing a heart attack or a delayed diagnosis of a heart condition is very likely to have disabling, if not lethal consequences. Recent studies have revealed that approximately 26,000 emergency room patients complaining of heart attack symptoms are sent home misdiagnosed and without proper treatment every year. This is alarming considering the fact that symptoms of heart attacks are so obvious and diagnostic techniques and technologies are so widely available and accurate.

 

If you have suffered damages due to the misdiagnosis of a heart attack, it is important to contact an Orlando cardiac malpractice attorney at once to find out if you have a valid medical malpractice claim.

 

Signs of a Heart Attack

 

Any individual, especially a physician, should be familiar with the tell-tale symptoms of a heart attack:

 

  • Pressure or pain in the chest that lasts more than a few minutes
  • Mild to severe pain or pressure that spreads to the shoulders, arms, upper abdomen, neck, or jaw
  • Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath
  • Anxiety, nervousness, the feeling of impending doom, and/or cold sweats
  • Paleness
  • Increased or irregular heart rate

 

Emergency room doctors should know to suspect a heart attack when any of these symptoms are present. However, as statistics continue to show, this is not always the case. The most common misdiagnosis of heart attack is indigestion or gastroenteritis (stomach flu). A competent emergency room physician should know this, and should be suspicious when making such diagnoses. Again, the statistics indicate that this is not always the case. Heart attack protocol must be ruled out first whenever there is any unexplained onset of pain between the nose and naval or any unexplained onset of shortness of breath.

 

Every second counts when a patient is suffering a heart attack. A misdiagnosed or delayed diagnosis of a heart attack is likely to lead to irreversible damage to the heart and brain. Brain damage from lack of oxygen is very common among heart attack patients who have not had proper treatment and can result in countless mental, physical, emotional, and behavioral disabilities.

 

If you or a loved one has suffered from a misdiagnosed heart attack or a delayed diagnosis of a heart condition, you may be entitled to damages. If you live in the Orlando, Florida area and think you may have a cardiac misdiagnosis case, please contact the Orlando medical malpractice attorney Steve Knox today to arrange your free case evaluation.

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