Medical Malpractice: Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack

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One of the most frequent medical diagnosis errors is to mistake the symptoms of a heart attack for indigestion or stomach discomfort. If the patient is sent home without treating the heart attack, the consequences can be tragic, especially since a timely diagnosis can minimize damage to the heart.

If a patient presents to the doctor with nausea, abdominal pain, arm pain, blurred vision, heart palpitations (among other symptoms), the physician may commit malpractice if he fails to consider the patient’s specific risk factors, misinterprets EKG readings, or does not thoroughly investigate the areas and duration of physical pain the patient is experiencing. Should the doctor conclude after assessing these factors that the patient is suffering from a heart attack, certain drugs must be administered and procedures followed without delay to minimize heart damage. Failing to do so may lead to irreversible injury.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America, yet women’s cardiac problems are often misdiagnosed.

Please contact Fuller & Fuller to help you decide if you or a loved one has been the victim of needless heart damage due to preventable doctor error.