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A medical professional’s failure to diagnose heart problems – heart attack, heart disease or other heart conditions – can lead to serious injury or death.
In fact, the leading cause of death in the U.S. is heart disease.
And sometimes, doctors misdiagnose heart problems – or worse, don’t diagnose them at all.
What is Failure to Diagnose Heart Problems?
When a doctor or another medical professional misses the signs and doesn’t figure out that you have a heart condition, you may be entitled to financial compensation. That’s because doctors and emergency room staff are trained to understand life-threatening heart problems.
Misdiagnosed Heart Attack: Could You File a Lawsuit?
Sometimes doctors mistake a life-threatening heart attack for other, less dangerous medical issues, like:
- Acid reflux
- Anxiety attacks
- Bronchitis or pneumonia
- Musculoskeletal pain
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The symptoms of these less-serious medical problems are often similar to those of heart attacks and other heart conditions, but medical professionals are still responsible for knowing the difference.
Some of the reasons doctors misdiagnose heart attacks, heart disease and other conditions include:
- Failure to take a thorough medical history or perform a thorough medical exam
- Failure to consider heart attack in patients who appear healthy or are “too young” to have a heart problem
- Failure to order the necessary tests quickly
- Failure to consult cardiac specialists in time
- Over-reliance on or improper reading of EKG results
- Lab errors
What About Undiagnosed or Misdiagnosed Heart Disease?
Most doctors will gladly investigate if you believe there’s something wrong with your heart. Heart disease and other cardiac conditions can be extremely dangerous, so medical professionals are supposed to take these issues seriously. Even the most basic examinations include checking your heart rate and blood pressure, which help doctors diagnose conditions like:
- Aortic aneurysms
- Congestive heart failure
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attacks
- Heart infections
- Valvular heart disease
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Doctors can use several tests to diagnose heart conditions, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), blood tests, catheterization, chest X-rays and echocardiography. The technology is there – but unfortunately, some medical professionals fail to use it… and you pay the price.
Cardiac conditions can lead to severe injury and complications that can even cause death. Fast diagnosis and treatment is absolutely necessary in the vast majority of cases.
Misdiagnosed Heart Disease or Misdiagnosed Heart Attack Lawsuits
If you or a loved one was the victim of misdiagnosed heart disease or heart attack, or if your doctor completely missed the signs and didn’t diagnose you at all, you could be entitled to financial compensation. In many cases, this is clear-cut medical malpractice.
You could be entitled to compensation for:
- Past, current and future medical bills
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Long-term disability and care expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Burial expenses
When medical professionals misdiagnose your heart disease, heart attack or any other cardiac condition, it may be in your best interest to talk to an attorney immediately.
Call us right now at 877-ASK-4-SAM. Our caring, compassionate and experienced heart disease misdiagnosis lawyers who want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Your consultation is completely free and confidential – and if we can help you, we will.