Medical malpractice attorneys urge everyone to know the signs/symptoms of heart disease as doctors can fail to diagnose and treat it on time. February is American Heart Month and a great time to learn more about heart disease. Heart disease is used to describe buildup in the walls of the arteries that make it more difficult for blood to flow, creating a risk for heart attack or stroke. In addition, heart disease can also include heart failure, arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat), and heart valve problems. More women die of heart disease than of all forms of cancer combined, says the American Heart Association. Medical malpractice attorneys want to bring awareness to enormous threat of Heart Disease.
Although more severe symptoms are hard to ignore, heart disease can be misdiagnosed or go undiagnosed by a physician. Common misdiagnoses include heartburn, or other less severe causes of chest pain. Patients experiencing heart failure, a heart attack, or another type of heart disease may suffer additional injury or death from delayed treatment in a hospital Emergency Room.
Typical symptoms of heart disease can include chest pain—varying in degree of severity. Chest pain may be accompanied by extreme sweating, shortness of breath, fatigue, chills, nausea, and vomiting, anxiety, paleness, or cyanosis, a bluish discoloration of the lips, feet and hands.
If you experience symptoms in the chest which may be related to heart disease, seek medical attention right away and ask for an EKG, blood test or some other diagnostic test. Do not leave the hospital if you are still experiencing pain, or feel you have not received proper medical treatment.
The Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling medical malpractice cases resulting from cardiac errors, including misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose heart disease. Our extremely skilled team of medical malpractice attorneys and medical experts are dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you or a loved one have suffered personal injuries as a result of a medical error in failing to diagnose heart failure or attack, or any other type of negligent care received by a medical provider, contact the medical malpractice attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call, toll free, at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More