The failure to diagnose a heart attack can be incredibly serious. When a heart attack occurs, time is of the essence. A heart attack occurs when there is a blockage in blood flow to the heart. If it can’t receive blood, it cannot function.
Typically, there are warning signs before a heart attack occurs. The individual may have high cholesterol or may be experiencing chest pains. If you were at risk of experiencing a heart attack and your doctor never gave you any warning about your risk, you may be eligible to receive compensation.
Around a million people die from heart issues each year in the U.S. There are warning signs that a person is experiencing a heart attack, including chest pains that spread, generalized pain through the body, shortness of breath, nausea, sweating, and blackouts. If a person experiences these symptoms, he or she may be having a heart attack or could be at great risk of developing one in the future.
When a person visits a doctor with complaints of heart attack symptoms, there is a risk that the doctor can misdiagnose the illness as something else. A doctor must do a very thorough exam and consider all the facts of the person’s medical history.
If you believe that your doctor failed to properly diagnose your heart attack, you should speak with an attorney. If you’re in Los Angeles, call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles medical malpractice attorney, at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.