Misdiagnosed Heart Attack in St. Louis
Your Health Is Too Important to Mess Around With
The words "heart attack" strike fear in most people, yet many
people who suffer a heart attack survive with proper medical treatment.
Heart attack (also known as myocardial infarction) is a condition that
is often misdiagnosed due, in part, to a variety of symptoms. Heart attack
misdiagnosis is often diagnosed as simple heartburn, a panic attack, or
some other non-life-threatening ailment. The earlier a person suffering
from a myocardial infarction receives proper treatment, the better the
chances they have of surviving.
When someone goes to the emergency room or to their doctor with the symptoms
of a heart attack, the medical professional has the responsibility to
provide them with the high standard of care they are entitled to. Your
life is too important. If you have suffered based on the
misdiagnosis of a doctor, contact the St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers at Millikan Wright,
LLC. Our firm has over 50 years of experience fighting for the rights
of the injured, and may be able to help you!
What Are Myocardial Infarction Symptoms?
Below is a list of symptoms as described by the American Heart Association
to indicate a heart attack. It is important to note however, it is not
necessary for an individual suffering from a myocardial infarction to
experience all these symptoms at one time. It could be a combination of
a few of these symptoms:
- Heart angina, characterized by an uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing
or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes.
- Pain radiating down the shoulders, neck or arms. The pain threshold may
range from mild to intense, and could feel like pressure, tightness, or
a heavy weight. It could involve the chest, upper abdomen, neck, jaw,
or inside the arms or shoulders.
- Lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.
- Cold sweat.
- Pale skin color. Your skin tone may be characterized as ashen.
- Increased or irregular heart rate.
- Feeling of overwhelming fear or impending doom.
Diagnosing a Myocardial Infarction
If you suffer any of the above symptoms and are in the emergency room seeking
treatment, there are several things a doctor must do to diagnose a heart
attack. Your complete medical history must be reviewed to ascertain what
risk factors you may have for this condition: family history, obesity,
smoking, drug use, sedentary lifestyle, previous history, etc. In addition,
a physical examination must be conducted, an electrocardiogram (EKG) will
be used to check for any abnormalities or heart damage that may be present
and a blood test will be conducted to check the enzyme levels in your blood.
If the attending physician or triage nurse fails to recognize the severity
of your condition and call for the proper tests expediently, it may lead
to delayed or worse yet, incorrect treatment of your condition. Any delay
could result in worsening damage or an escalation.
During these difficult times, Millikan Wright, LLC has your back. We offer
you the specialized care and attention you need during this time and stop
at nothing to obtain the most favorable possible outcome for your case.
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