Archive for the ‘Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack’ Category

Possible Breakthrough in Heart Attack Diagnosis

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Recently, researchers from the Scripps Translational Science Institute published the results of an important study in the Science Translational Journal. According to researchers, they have
developed a blood test that can predict if a heart attack is likely to happen within the next two weeks.

Currently, the failure to diagnose a heart attack, particularly among people who have
atypical heart attack symptoms or are thought to be too young to suffer a heart attack, remains a problem that can cause serious harm or death. The development of a blood test that looks at CECs (circulating endothelial cells) to determine their levels and make ups may prove to be important in the fight against heart attacks.

Heart attacks are the most common cause of death in this country with about 600,000
people dying from heart attacks each year. Our Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers hope that future studies confirm the usefulness of this blood test and that more lives are saved with accurate diagnoses.

More Women Than Men Die of Heart Attacks in Hospitals

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

In this month’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) the results of an important study were released.

The study which looked at data from more than 1 million patients found that females having heart attacks have a higher in hospital death rate than males having heart attacks.

Specifically, the study found that 14.6 percent of women who seek hospital treatment for heart attacks die while in the hospital compared to 10.3 percent of men.

One reason for the discrepancy may be that more women present without the classic symptom of chest pain. The absence of chest pain may result in less aggressive treatment in the hospital.

Women, and the men who love them, should be aware of classic female heart attack symptoms and insist on prompt testing and treatment if a heart
attack may be occurring.

3 Things You Might Not Know About Heart Attacks

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

We all know that heart attacks are dangerous and that heart attacks can be deadly, but did you know that:

  • It is possible to heave a heart attack without severe pain.
  • The failure to diagnose heart attacks account for about 30% of medical malpractice payout. 
  • 2-5% of people who have heart attacks and who go to emergency rooms are inappropriately turned away from emergency rooms.

What does this mean for you?

It means that you, and your loved ones, should know common symptoms of heart attacks and fight for thorough testing if you believe that you might be suffering from a heart attack.  If you are aggressive in your own care then may save you from an early death or disability due to the failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of a heart attack.

Shocking Facts about Female Heart Attacks

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Approximately 435,000 women have heart attacks in the United States every year, according to the Women’s Heart Foundation. For the past 25 years, more women than men have died each year from heart disease.  Yet, women are continually underrepresented in heart attack research and are often the victims of undiagnosed or improperly treated heart attacks.

Female heart attacks are often misdiagnosed or incorrectly treated because:

  • The symptoms of heart attacks are different in women than in men.  Women often experience nausea, vomiting and flu like symptoms rather than the traditional chest pain felt by men.  Doctors and hospitals do not always correctly recognize the symptoms of heart attacks in women and often dismiss their symptoms or incorrectly diagnose gastrointestinal issues.
  • Emergency treatments are often delayed for female heart attack victims.
  • After a woman has suffered a heart attack, she is less likely than a man to receive beta blockers, ACE inhibitors and aspirin therapies that are proven to increase the likelihood of survival.

If you, or a loved one, have suffered because of a misdiagnosed or improperly treated heart attack then you may be entitled to damages.  Contact Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyer, Jon Ostroff, today for more information about your rights.