Shocking Facts about Female Heart Attacks

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.