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Misdiagnosis of Heart Attacks and Medical Malpractice in New York

Jan 11, 2017 | Medical Malpractice

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 610,000 people in the United States die each year due to heart disease – this means that 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

It is the leading cause of death for both men as well as women. About 735,000 people in the country have a heart attack every year. The most common type of heart disease is coronary heart disease, or CHD, and it causes more than 370,000 people in the US every year.

Heart attacks are a medical emergency that require immediate attention. It is important to get a correct diagnosis as early as possible so that the damage done to your heart can be significantly reduced. There can be tragic consequences if a heart attack is misdiagnosed.

Although doctors in New York, and other states, are well trained and highly specialized professionals, they can make mistakes. It is possible for them to misread heart attack symptoms and provide you with treatment for a less serious condition.

Complications Caused by Heart Attack Misdiagnosis

Even the best doctors in New York can make a mistake while diagnosing a heart attack. Some of the complications caused by failure to treat or misdiagnosing a heart attack include:

  • Problems with the heart valve
  • Abnormal or irregular heart rhythms
  • Weakened heart
  • Heart rupture and failure
  • Death

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

It is important to know the symptoms of a heart attack and make sure that you can communicate them properly to the doctor or other medical staff in an emergency room. Symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • A sharp chest pain or pressure that radiates to your shoulders, arms, jaw or neck
  • Shortness of breath or vertigo or nausea
  • Pale appearance on face and clammy hands
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Indigestion
  • Cold sweats
  • Fatigue

It is important to know that signs of a heart attack vary from person to person. They may last for hours and days before they are detected or recognized. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe, or anywhere in between. Lastly, make sure that you never ignore these warning signs.

Reasons for Misdiagnosis of or Failure to Treat Heart Attacks

Many people suffer complications due to misdiagnosis of a heart attack, or failure to properly treat the heart attack immediately. Some of the common reasons include:

  • Failing to monitor blood pressure
  • Failing to conduct tests for heart conditions
  • Improper or incorrect medications
  • Improper or defective medical device or stint
  • Misdiagnosing and not providing treatment for Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)
  • Errors in administering anesthesia

Get Legal Help in New York for Heart Attack Misdiagnosis

If you or a loved one have been injured or harmed due to misdiagnosis of a heart attack, you should immediately seek the help of the qualified medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280 or 1-855-335-1788. Get your medical records reviewed and find out if your negligent doctor can be held liable during this free consultation!

You have nothing to lose. The first meeting is free. Give us a call. We know how to win complicated cases like this.