It’s no coincidence for a heart attack misdiagnosis to prove fatal soon after. The most successful way to treat a heart attack is through prevention, which can only be done with early and careful treatment; unfortunately, many patients’ heart problems remain undiagnosed (or attributed to other conditions) until they are in the ER suffering a heart attack.
Here are a few reasons heart attack misdiagnoses occur so often:
- Incomplete history. Those with a family history of cardiovascular disease are more likely to suffer heart attacks. Doctors may allow the condition to go untreated if they have never taken a complete medical history of the patient.
- Broken communication. A general feeling of nausea or tiredness may not seem important to a patient, but a doctor knows that these can be early symptoms of a heart attack. Patients must be specific communicating exactly where they hurt and what they feel, just as a doctor is responsible for ordering follow-up tests.
- Lack of regular testing. While nearly 1 out of every 3 adults suffers from high cholesterol and high blood pressure, many do not submit to regular preventative screenings.
Your doctor should have examined your grandfather’s LDL-cholesterol levels, blood pressure, blood sugar, and daily diet to determine his risk of suffering a heart attack, and devised a treatment plan to keep all of these factors under control. Our Kentucky medical misdiagnosis attorneys can help you determine if a doctor’s negligence led to your loved one’s death.
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