Heart Attack Misdiagnosis
Malpractice Lawsuits for Delayed Diagnosis of Heart Attacks
You may or may not know that heart attacks are one of the most commonly misdiagnosed conditions in the United States. Due to the severe nature of coronary episodes, fast action is vital for positive patient outcomes.
When doctors fail to diagnose a heart attack properly or make a delayed diagnosis, patients can suffer. Some might even die as a result of heart attack misdiagnosis. If you or someone you love was affected by a heart attack misdiagnosis, we may be able to help.
Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Heart attacks are misdiagnosed at a rate higher than many other conditions, likely due to the fact that the symptoms of a heart attack mimic the symptoms of many other conditions. Common heart attack symptoms include:
- Pain or tightness in the chest area
- Pain in your neck, back or arms
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Irregular heartbeat
- Feelings of overwhelming anxiety
Heart attack symptoms can mimic the symptoms of other conditions, such as:
- Panic attacks
- Heartburn, and other conditions
How to Diagnose a Heart Attack
To diagnose a heart attack, physicians will usually recommend the following tests:
- Electrocardiogram or “EKG”
- An X-ray of your chest cavity
- Cardiac catheterization
- MRI of the heart, and more
Do I have a medical malpractice lawsuit?
If you or a loved one suffered adverse consequences from what you believed to be a delayed or missed diagnosis of a heart attack, you may have legal recourse. We encourage you to find out more by contacting one of our Chicago medical malpractice attorneys today for a free evaluation of your case.