Over 5 million people every year in the U.S. visit emergency rooms with heart attack symptoms including chest pains. Since heart attack symptoms are comparable to a many of the common non-life threatening conditions, medical professionals sometimes fail to recognize the severity of the condition and misdiagnose the patient’s medical condition.
Some of the mistakes commonly made during the diagnosis of a heart attack include:
Failure to diagnose a heart attack in younger patients According to the New England Journal of medicine, 1 in 50 heart attacks are incorrectly diagnosed and the patient is sent home. Women are 7 times more likely to have their heart attack misdiagnosed than men  A normal ECG does not always rule out a heart attack. One study showed that up to 23% of misdiagnosed heart attacks were due to the improper reading of a patient’s ECG.
The proper diagnosis of a heart attack can often be difficult due to the non-specific nature of some symptoms. Nevertheless, careful and attentive consideration of all factors is critical to the patient’s survival and recovery. A doctor may fail to properly assess:
The age of the patient
Heath condition history
Medical History and Drug history
Always consult your doctor before stopping any medication.
If you suspect that you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, act quickly. Consult one of our Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyers immediately to review your case and make an important step in taking control of your situation.
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