Millions of people in the United States suffer from cardiac arrhythmia in some form or another. According to statistics, as many as 2.2 million people in the U.S. are currently living with a type of arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation.
In a recent study, it was also suggested that 1 in 4 adults over 40 years in the country could develop an irregular heartbeat. It is also estimated that 53 per 1,000 people suffer from heart rhythm disorders and 21 per 1,000 suffer from heart murmurs.
Symptoms of Heart Arrhythmia
Most people in New York who are diagnosed with arrhythmia suffer from a rapid heartbeat that is accompanied by a flutter in the chest while others notice that their heart skips a beat. There are one or more symptoms in all arrhythmia experiences including dizziness, fainting, chest pains, or being out of breath. The most common is sinus arrhythmia which occurs when there is a change in heart rate while taking a breath. In many cases, people who are suffering from arrhythmia also experience anxiety.
Although a lot of people experience arrhythmia in a mild form, the condition can be severe and increase the risk of death in cases where an irregular heartbeat tends to lose its rhythm. In a large number of cases, arrhythmias that are serious and life-threatening are linked to different medical conditions including:
- Mild cardiac infarct
- Acute pulmonary disease
- Acute congestive heart failure
- Metabolic disorder
- Pulmonary embolism
- Aortic dissection
Failure to Diagnose and Provide Timely Treatment for Heart Arrhythmia
People who have suffered complications due to failure to diagnose or treat heart arrhythmia due to negligence on their doctor’s part can file a medical malpractice claim in New York. In the majority of claims for financial compensation, the doctors as well as hospital or medical facility are likely to be financially liable for the complications that the patient suffers.
The careless or negligent actions of the doctor or hospital commonly include:
- Failure to properly and thoroughly investigate heart failure symptoms of a patient including shortness of breath, numbness in the arms and chest pain
- Failure to refer the patient to an electrocardiogram or EKG and additional screening, testing, blood work
- Failure to install a pacemaker or defibrillator
- Failure to interpret test results accurately and properly
- Failure to accurately diagnose the condition
- Failure to provide proper treatment after diagnosing the condition
- Any errors in prescription or treatment that relate to anti-coagulating medications for example Coumadin and Heparin blood thinners
Find Legal Help in New York for Heart Arrhythmia Malpractice
If you or a loved one has suffered due to medical negligence in the diagnosis or treatment of heart arrhythmia, you should immediately get in touch with the qualified and experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff of RMFW Law at 212 697 9280. You can find out how to begin a malpractice claim against the negligent party during this free consultation.
That is right the first meeting is free. In fact, since we only charge a percentage of the final settlement or verdict it is as if you do not pay us anything at all. Call RMFW Law today!