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Medical Malpractice and Heart attack

Medical malpractice and Heart attack:

Heart attack can simply be misdiagnosed by the patient themselves, mistakenly believing that they have heartburn, reflux, GERD, or some other gastrointestional complaint. Similarly, patients with a history of angina, may mistakenly believe that it's just their angina acting up.

However, heart attacks are misdiagnosed by medical staff too. Heart attack is one of the top five diseases in terms of malpractice dollar awards. Despite how well known heart attacks are, they are still commonly misdiagnosed, particularly in the emergency room. The misdiagnosis of heart attack is particularly likely in less common presentations (e.g. without severe chest pain), or less expect populations (e.g. younger women having a heart attack). Malpractice awards for heart attack typically allege misdiagnosis or mismanaged diagnostic methods or medical tests. Because the outcome of a misdiagnosed heart attack is obviously poorer than a rapidly treated heart attack, the patient may suffer severe consequences. The dollar award for heart attack malpractice is thus typically high.

Medical errors and malpractice for Heart attack: medical news summaries for Heart attack:

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For a general overview of medical malpractice issues for all diseases, see Medical Malpractice. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, including malpractice-related issues in misdiagnosis, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.


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