Chicago Heart Attack Misdiagnosis
Dedicated Medical Malpractice Attorneys
The leading cause of death, for both males and females, is coronary disease in the United States. As common as heart attacks are, thousands of patients suffer them, unaware that that they were at risk in the first place. These can be fatal and may have happened before in a patient, but their doctors failed to recognize them for what they were, and the patient’s risk is furthered.
These heart attack misdiagnoses can occur for a number of reasons related to patterns in female and older patients. They often don’t voice symptoms because they don’t all experience them the same. It up to our medical professionals, when patients are in their care, to screen for possible risks, especially those as serious as heart attacks. Call our firm if you've been affected.
Paying Attention to Atypical Symptoms
What make it difficult for doctors to diagnose risk of heart attack or heart attacks themselves, are the varying ways in which patients present themselves and experience them. Younger patients may be experiencing chest pain, while older patients may not feel those exact pains. Female patients are at especially high risk, as their risk of heart attack is indicated by fairly vague symptoms.
As opposed to crippling chest pain, female patients often experience these instead:
- Back pain
- Arms feeling heavy
- Light-headed feeling
- Flushing of the face
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty sleeping
- Nausea and vomiting
Each of these symptoms could be the result of a low-performing heart or clogged arteries, but these symptoms also could be applied to a number of other conditions. Knowing that these symptoms could indicate risk of heart attack, medical professionals need to take these more seriously.
Fighting for Your Compensation
The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Romanucci & Blandin have nearly 140 years of combined experience in these areas. We know what it takes to secure the financial compensation you or your family needs to recover from your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and in severe circumstances, from your great familial loss that could have been prevented.
Call our firm today at (312) 313-0266 to fight back against medical negligence and restore order to your life.