When a Doctor Fails to Diagnose a Heart Attack

Heart attacks are one of the most common causes of disability and death in the United States, claiming approximately 800,000 victims every year. If the signs and symptoms of heart disease or heart attack are misdiagnosed, or if treatment is delayed, medical malpractice may be to blame. If you or a loved one has suffered a misdiagnosed heart attack and they didn't receive proper care, our Utah law firm can help. Our expert team can work together to assess your medical records and determine whether medical error was a factor. Contact us online today or call us at (801) 335-6467 to schedule a free consultation.

Misdiagnosed Heart Attacks Carry Grave Consequences

Medical professionals are trained to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack, but even experts are fallible, and many heart attacks are misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. The consequences can be severe, even fatal. If you or a loved one suffered a heart attack that was missed by a medical professional, contact our medical malpractice attorneys in Salt Lake City for help securing the damages you need to recover and move forward.

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Complications

A heart attack occurs when a portion of the muscle tissue of your heart does not receive an adequate supply of blood. When you are having a heart attack, every second matters; as the heart attack continues, the muscles in your heart die. The signs and symptoms of cardiac arrest include:

  • Chest pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweats
  • Nausea
  • Light-headedness

Heart disease, which can lead to a heart attack or congestive heart failure, can be caused by age, inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, and diabetes. 

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When a medical professional fails to diagnose a heart attack, the results can be fatal.

How Malpractice Can Contribute to Heart Attacks

Most patients suffering from a heart attack present common symptoms to emergency room personnel, or a family doctor. These professionals are trained to detect signs of heart disease, and to treat a heart attack quickly enough to minimize heart muscle damage and keep the patient alive. If a patient complains of chest pain or discomfort, an EKG should be used, and blood tests should be ordered. In many malpractice cases, these diagnostic steps are not taken; doctors may not seriously consider that chest pain may be due to a heart attack, and may attribute it to a shoulder or back injury instead, therefore failing to begin the proper course of treatment.

The attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane want to emphasize that the consequences of medical malpractice are very expensive, and victims deserve ample compensation for their pain and suffering.

In other situations, the EKG and blood tests may be read incorrectly. Because cardiologists specialize in heart attacks and heart disease, they do not make the same kind of mistakes as ER or family doctors do when it comes to recognizing symptoms. A cardiologist should be contacted as soon as possible, but are often not contact at all.

If the significance of the patient's abnormalities is not fully understood, they can be sent home with nothing but a vague explanation of indigestion. Over the next several hours and days at home, a heart attack victim can suffer more attacks - minor or severe - and may face long-term damage or death.

Recover the Compensation You Deserve

Patients and their family members often express hesitation towards filing a lawsuit. The attorneys at Younker Hyde Macfarlane want to emphasize that the consequences of medical malpractice are very expensive, and victims deserve ample compensation for their pain and suffering. Our expert legal team can provide you with the exceptional representation you need. Message us online today or call our office at (801) 335-6467 to schedule a consultation.

Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC

Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC

At Younker Hyde Macfarlane, PLLC, our attorneys have decades of combined experience in complex cases. We represent clients in all types of personal injury cases, with a special focus on medical malpractice claims. Our firm is associated with the following professional organizations:

  • Utah Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • American Trial Lawyers Association

To schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call (801) 335-6467.

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