Heart Attack Misdiagnosis
Heart attacks are all too common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an average of 735,000 Americans experience a heart attack every year, and 610,000 people die from it. That means that every one in four deaths in the nation is caused by cardiac arrest. However, the number can be reduced.
A heart attack, also known as an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), is very serious and can oftentimes be fatal. It requires immediate diagnosis and attention for the best outcomes. However, because of medical negligence and misdiagnosis, too many individuals die from heart attacks. Such carelessness should not go unaddressed. If your loved one has suffered a heart attack misdiagnosis, we can help!
Contact our Portland medical malpractice attorneys today for a free case review.
What are symptoms of a heart attack and how are they misdiagnosed?
A heart attack occurs when blood supply is blocked from entering the heart. The longer the cells in the heart go without oxygen provided by the blood, the quicker they die. Once cells in the heart die, they cannot be revived. That is why it is imperative to act quickly with heart attacks.
Common symptoms to look for in a heart attack are:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Cold Sweats
- Discomfort in the arms, neck, jaw, stomach, or back
When someone experiences these symptoms, most of us know to seek immediate medical attention. Doctors and physicians will usually conduct multiple tests that include: electrocardiograms, chest x-rays, cardiac catheterizations, and heart MRI’s to identify the problem. However, heart attacks have a higher rate of misdiagnosis than other conditions.
Because the symptoms are so similar, there are a variety of other diseases that doctors can misdiagnose heart attacks with.
Some misdiagnosis include:
- Acid reflux
- Anxiety attack
How our Portland medical malpractice lawyers can help you
Doctors and caretakers are under oath to provide the best care they can. Because heart attacks are so common, doctors should be aware of what symptoms to look for. However, too many cases go misdiagnosed. If you or your loved one has suffered negative consequences because of a misdiagnosis, you may have cause to take legal action. Contact our Portland medical malpractice attorneys for a consultation. You don’t pay unless we win.