Medical malpractice-Heart attack misdiagnosis

Failure to diagnose symptoms of a heart attack may lead to wrongful deaths. In an interview with a West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer, a legal news reporters comments on the unnecessary deaths occurring in hospitals.

In the United States, leading cause of death is coronary artery disease, or narrowing of arteries supplying blood to the heart. This condition often results in a heart attack. In fact, about 1.1 million Americans suffer heart attacks every year, and about 460,000 of these attacks are fatal.

Medical staff at the doctor’s office or emergency room ignores complaints of chest pains and other key symptoms, makes the individual wait to see a doctor, or sends the person away without complete testing and proper treatment.

The mistakes doctor’s make in negligence:

* Failure to take seriously a patient’s complaints
* Failure to notice or understand the nature of a patient’s symptoms
* Failure to order the proper tests
* Failure to properly read or interpret test results
* Failure to refer a patient to a specialist for further testing or treatment

Sign of a possible heart attack:

• Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. The discomfort may feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
• Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. This may include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
• Shortness of breath. This often comes along with chest discomfort, but also can occur before chest discomfort.
• Other symptoms. These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.

JusticeNewsFlash is a forum of personal injury lawyers bringing breaking news on injuries related medical malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death and product liability.

About the Author Legal Reporter

Jana Simard is a contributing writer for Justice News Flash with degrees in Political Science and Spanish. Born in Canada, but raised in sunny south Florida, Jana had an early passion for writing. During her high school and college years she interned at a Florida Congressman's office as well as a Rhode Island Governor and Senator's office. While in her last two years of college, Jana spent six months in Salamanca, Spain where she truly discovered her passion for writing and had her articles published in her school's newspaper. Her experience in two Providence high profile law firms has equipped her with the ability to write for Justice News Flash as a Legal Reporter.