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Medical Misdiagnosis of Cardiovascular Events

By: Anapol Weiss

Cardiovascular health is a vital component to a person’s well-being. When a misdiagnosis results in death or permanent injury, however, patients endure unnecessary physical and emotional pain as well as unexpected medical bills. The repercussions of a medical misdiagnosis shouldn’t be their burden to bear.

Patients and their families who are dealing with the devastation of a wrong, missed and delayed diagnosis, an experienced law firm can investigate their situation and maximize recovery.

Heart Attack Misdiagnosis

Someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 34 seconds, but one in 50 heart attack sufferers are mistakenly sent home by emergency room doctors, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Every minute counts when a heart attack occurs. A person can die or suffer permanent and disabling heart complications if a heart attack is left untreated.

Stroke Misdiagnosis

Symptoms initially diagnosed as a migraine or inner ear infection may actually be a stroke, and the amount of time wasted before appropriate treatment can result in death or permanent and visible injury. The resulting damage to the brain can severely change a person’s life. As many as 165,000 stroke cases are misdiagnosed each year, a study from Johns Hopkins University suggests.

Blood Clot Misdiagnosis

A blood clot can be fatal if it gets lodged in the wrong place in the body. If a blood clot isn’t diagnosed in time, it can dislodge and travel to places including the lung, heart or brain and cause life-threatening problems, paralysis and even death. One third of patients with a dangerous lung clot called a pulmonary embolism (PE) were initially misdiagnosed, according to a 2013 study.

No one should jeopardize a person’s well-being with a preventable medical error. Contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Anapol Weiss if you or a loved one is a victim of misdiagnosis.