Failing to Diagnose a Heart Attack: Patients Killed in Minneapolis Due to Medical Malpractice

When Doctors Fail to Diagnose a Heart Attack, Patients Can Die Due to Medical Malpractice


A heart attack is a major medical emergency.  Delayed treatment of a heart attack is a recipe for a catastrophic results, including death.  While most times the delay is the patient getting to the hospital, once a patient gets to the hospital he or she expects to receive prompt treatment.  However, sometimes emergency departments fail to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and triage the patient low on the list of who should receive attention next.  This means that a patient could die waiting in the emergency room.


Reasons Why Heart Attacks are Misdiagnosed or Treatment is Delayed by a Healthcare Provider


There are several reasons why a healthcare provider may fail to diagnose a heart attack and timely treat a patient.


The most common reason is because a healthcare provider misdiagnoses the symptoms and conditions of the heart attack.  This is particularly true of an intake or triage nurse who receives and evaluates a patient coming into the hospital and confuses it with another condition.  This often happens because some people manifest mild symptoms of a heart attack which can be symptoms of many other serious health conditions, such as heartburn, back pain, shoulder pain, and pulled muscles.  If the triage nurse mixes up the symptoms with something else or does not order and perform the proper tests, the patient will be triaged low and won’t be treated in time.


Another reason is that healthcare providers fail to consider the possibility of a heart attack in certain patients, such as young people, athletes, or in women who can have very different symptoms.  This population of patients is less likely to have a heart attack, and commonly their symptoms are confused with other conditions such as gastrointestinal upset or pain.


Other times, healthcare providers do not diagnose a heart attack because they are not properly trained to recognize these conditions.  Indeed, some hospital providers are simply not familiar with all of the symptoms.  Other times the healthcare providers do not understand the urgency of a heart attack or know how to quickly treat it.


Finally, an unfortunate cause of heart attack injuries caused by medical malpractice is an early discharge.  This is where a healthcare provider fails to diagnose and treat a heart attack, believes it is something else, and discharges the patient.  The patient then goes home while still under cardiac distress and suffers significant harm or death.  If a patient is lucky, he or she will be readmitted to the hospital.  But sometimes this is not always the case.


Failing to Diagnose and Treat a Heart Attack is Minnesota Medical Malpractice


Here at Kuhlman Law, LLC, we know that failing to diagnose, treat, and care for a patient experiencing a heart attack can constitute medical malpractice.  Sadly, errors in diagnosing heart attacks and treating them can both kill and result in irreparable harm to a patient.  Victims of this type of medical malpractice may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.  If there is a wrongful death due to the medical malpractice, the estate may commence an action for compensation.  Call (612) 444-3374 for a FREE consultation to learn how we can help obtain the maximum compensation that you may be entitled to.


If you or a loved one have been injured due to the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care service professional, we understand that you may being feeling frustrated, concerned, and have questions.  Contact us to learn what your rights to compensation may be.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough review of the facts and your medical records and will advise you whether there may have been a serious medical mistake causing your injury.   There is no risk, and you do not owe us money unless we win your case.

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