Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. While in many cases, diagnostic tools make it possible to detect and treat heart disease, errors by doctors and other medical professionals can lead to misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis.
Why Does Misdiagnosis Occur?
Typical signs of heart attack include chest pain, headache and pain in the arm. When doctors fail to order blood tests, X-rays, electrocardiograms and other tests, or fail to follow up on positive test results, the problem can continue unabated. Many instances of heart disease misdiagnosis occur in the emergency room.
There is even greater opportunity for misdiagnosis when the symptoms of heart disease are atypical. Women generally display symptoms different from the symptoms experienced by men. A woman may suffer from fatigue, sleeping trouble, nausea, light-headedness and other atypical symptoms. If a doctor fails to recognize these as potential signs of a heart attack, the results could be tragic.
Talk To An Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered due to such a medical mistake, the Law Office of John A. Caputo is here to stand up for your rights. You can call our Pittsburgh law offices at 412-246-9235 or contact us online to arrange your free initial consultation.