Did a Doctor Misdiagnose Your Heart Attack? You Might Have a Case!

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. When you have a heart attack, you need medical attention fast.

When you arrive in the emergency room, you trust that the medical team on hand will do all of the tests required to diagnose your condition. With all of the physicians, nurses, and medical students you see, it is hard to fathom that they could misdiagnose your heart attack. Unfortunately, however, thousands of heart attacks are misdiagnosed each year. You could be at risk if your medical team at Virginia Hospital Center, or another hospital in Virginia, Maryland, or the District of Columbia, failed to diagnose your heart attack.

Negative Side Effects When Doctors Fail to Diagnose a Heart Attack

Having a heart attack is bad enough. Not receiving the follow-up treatment and care is even worse. You face dangerous, long-term consequences by not getting the help you need following such a serious event. Although it might not seem like a big deal at the time, you might be surprised to learn just how big of a long-term health risk it really is. Following are a few of the negative side effects that go along with failing to diagnose a heart attack:

  • Increased risk for future heart attacks. If your heart survived one heart attack, it is ripe for a future heart attack if treatment is not provided. Your heart could have silent, serious damage that could make you more prone to cardiac problems in the future.
  • Other medical complications. In some cases, a mild heart attack can cause complications. This could put you back in the hospital with another serious medical condition—costing you your health, happiness, and savings.
  • Death. If your heart attack is not properly diagnosed and you have another, more serious heart attack, you could lose your life.

Failure to diagnose a heart attack can have serious, potentially catastrophic consequences on you or your family. If you think your doctor made a critical error, you might have a case. However, proving that your doctor made such a critical error is not easy. The attorneys at Lewis & Tompkins, P.C., have the resources to help you investigate your case. From reviewing your medical records to working with expert witnesses, we help you get to the bottom of what really happened to you or your loved one.

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