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Are emergency rooms failing to diagnose a heart attack?

Almost every New City area resident knows someone who has had a heart attack. Heart disease is the leading cause of a death for both men and women in the United States. When a person presents themselves at the emergency room with heart attack symptoms, they expect the medical professionals will diagnose them correctly. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen and a person may be the victim of a medical misdiagnosis.

One of the most common causes of a medical malpractice lawsuit is the failure to diagnose a medical condition. Heart attacks can be misdiagnosed in both men and women, but women especially are prone to a misdiagnosis, even though they are just as likely to die from a heart attack as a man. The earlier a person receives treatment for a heart attack, the better. Women who present themselves in the emergency department are misdiagnosed 50 percent of the time.

Women who are having a heart attack may suffer because of the time it takes for their heart attack to be diagnosed. Women often present different symptoms of a heart attack that doctors do not recognize. Instead they are diagnosed with acid reflux, indigestion, stress or anxiety. Women report symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations which can all be heart-related symptoms that many doctors are missing. Many men and women do not believe they are having a heart attack, but it should not be up to the patient to diagnose their medical condition. If these symptoms go ignored or are not investigated, it can be deadly.

If a person believes their heart attack or their loved one's heart attack was misdiagnosed, they may want to speak with a legal professional who specializes in medical malpractice. An attorney can review the circumstances surrounding the medical care the victim received. They can research medical records and consult with medical experts to see what happened to cause the misdiagnosis. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages and other damages.

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