A heart attack misdiagnosis can mean that the patient will not be given the immediate care that a heart attack requires. In too many ERs or on the phone with a patient, a doctor will dismiss the symptoms as digestion problems or anxiety or some other minor ailment. The consequences can mean permanent damage to the heart or wrongful death.
We trust our doctors—too much in many cases. When a heart attack misdiagnosis causes death or serious injury, talk to a medical malpractice attorney at the law firm of Snyder & Wenner, P.C. in Phoenix.
When symptoms are ignored or misdiagnosed, the patient may die.
Heart attacks are serious, and any symptoms that could mean a heart attack should be carefully examined by medical professionals. Common symptoms include:
- Chest pain and pressure that feels like a squeezing sensation, burning, or crushing pain
- Shortness of breath
- Fainting or lightheadedness
- Arm, shoulder, or back pain
When these symptoms are reported, your doctor or an emergency room team should immediately administer necessary tests and treatments to avoid catastrophic injury or death. Tests include:
- Cardiac enzyme tests
- Coronary artery disease tests
- Stress tests
Heart attack misdiagnosis is medical malpractice.
At Snyder & Wenner, P.C., our trial lawyers have more than 25 years of experience handling complex medical negligence cases. We have represented numerous patients who were the victim of a heart attack misdiagnosis. If you or a loved one has been the victim of heart attack misdiagnosis, please contact our law firm for a free consultation. We represent people in Arizona and throughout the country.