Heart Attack Misdiagnosis

If you arrive at your doctor’s office or at a hospital’s emergency room with the classic symptoms of a heart attack such as chest pain, jaw or arm pain, sweating and dizziness, the emergency room doctors, nurses and staff who have been trained in triage should assume you are having a heart attack. Too often, the emergency room doctors, nurses and hospital staff assume that the symptoms are caused by indigestion or another less-serious problem. Patients are thus sent home, where they sometimes suffer a massive heart attack and die.

If you or a family member are the victim of a misdiagnosed heart attack call me today at 312-888-8000 as I would be honored to be your attorney. I am Attorney Dan Newlin, Former Police Detective. Throughout my years in public service I have on many occasion seen people suffer serious preventable injuries due to the negligence of others. One of the more common situation is the misdiagnosis of Heart Attacks by medical professionals which for all purposes should be highly preventable. If you feel that a Doctor, Nurse, or other licensed healthcare provider has failed to provide you or a family member with proper diagnosis, you or the surviving family members may have the legal right to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the responsible Doctor, nurse and hospital. If you or a family member have been injured by the failure to diagnose a Heart Attack you may be entitled to thousands of dollars for your injuries.

I am proud to have created a legal team with proven results. My attorneys and I have recovered over 200 million for injury and accident victims and we will fight for you!!! I have built a legal-medical team which includes medical doctors, nurses, emergency room and hospital professionals and highly experienced attorneys on staff and ready to meet with you and evaluate your misdiagnosis medical malpractice claim. I promise that we will fight for you and be by your side every step of the way until we reach our only goal, to get you and your family the justice you rightfully deserve.

In some cases, doctors decide to take a wait-and-see approach to heart disease symptoms, but end up waiting too long. If thrombolytics, clot-busting drugs, are administered in time, they can break up an arterial blockage and minimize the extent of damage to heart tissue. The drugs must be administered within a few hours of the heart attack to be effective. A misdiagnosis can prevent a patient from receiving this treatment. Surgical intervention can also save the life of a heart attack patient. A misdiagnosis means a patient is denied these potentially life-saving options. If you believe you have been the victim for a misdiagnosed heart related condition call me today 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 312-888-8000.

Heart attacks, which are also referred to as myocardial infarctions, represent the death of part of the heart muscle due to lack of oxygen. Although some people may survive a heart attack, many others do not. How soon a patient gets the right type of treatment, and how early the warning signs are picked up, can make a tremendous difference in the outcome. There are some specific warning signs of a heart attack that every person should be aware of, and every health care professional should be able to quickly identify to immediately initiate the right type of treatment. The most common warning signs of a heart attack are:

  • Feelings of crushing pressure on the chest
  • Pain that radiate outward or down the arm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid pulse
  • Sudden sweatiness

Many cases of malpractice have occurred when a health care professional does not pick up on the early warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack — sending the patient home rather than do further testing. Patients presenting these symptoms should be given the following tests:

  • Electrocardiogram to identify if the heart is beating properly or if there have been any disruptions;
  • Creatinine phosphate conaise (CPK) test, identifying whether the CPK enzyme (which signals that a heart attack has occurred) is present in the blood. It is critical that a physician performs this test at the proper time as if the test is performed to early it will not give the right results and may indicate that a person did not have a heart attack when they really did;
  • Specific tests/x-rays looking for evidence of an aortic aneurysm, i.e. a bulge in the outer wall of the main artery that comes from the heart, caused by a tear in the inner lining.

Fortunately for many people, there are a number of warning signs indicating cardiovascular disease. Although most health care professionals are trained to quickly identify these early warnings and initiate the proper treatment, there are still many cases where these symptoms are missed. The results of missing the warning signs of cardiovascular disease can be devastating, debilitating and, many times, fatal. Quite often, a health care professional who misses the warning signs of cardiovascular disease, which includes heart attacks and strokes, may represent medical malpractice. Me and my team of medical malpractice attorneys are here to help if you or a family member who believes that signs of a heart attack have been missed or mistreated by their doctor.

My team includes a board-certified physician and a professional registered nurse who can assist in reviewing your case and help you to understand the full medical scope of your claim. My firm conducts exhaustive investigations, and I retain the most qualified experts to bring a comprehensive level of expertise to surpass that on the other side. If you believe that you or a loved one has suffered injury or death because of a misdiagnosed heart attack in Northern Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs, call me now at 312-888-8000 and I or one of my attorneys will be happy to meet with you to answer all of your questions.

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