Heart Attack Delay in Diagnosis Leads to Fatal Consequences: Oregon Medical Malpractice

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Ask Our Lawyer for Help After a Heart Attack Delay Leads to Wrongful Death


A heart attack is considered a medical emergency. A medical emergency is something that needs to be dealt with immediately. If a heart attack is not treated immediately, it can lead to serious complications, including cardiac damage or death. While most physicians and healthcare providers are able to diagnosis a person’s heart attack in a timely manner, there are times when the person is either misdiagnosed or the physician fails to diagnose and treat the patient in a timely manner. When this occurs and complications occur, this is considered to be negligence and medical malpractice.


What is a Heart Attack?


A heart attack (also known as a myocardial infarction) is a serious condition in which blood flow going to the heart is blocked. There are many reasons one may have a heart attack, with coronary artery disease being the most common cause. When the blockage in blood flow occurs, it causes the heart muscle to become damaged and die. This can lead to permanent cardiac damage or sadly, even death. 


What are the Symptoms of a Heart Attack?


There are many different symptoms of a heart attack. However, common heart attack symptoms include the following:


  • Shoulder pain
  • Chest pain
  • Chest pressure
  • Sweating
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Jaw pain


Sometimes patients may present with some of these symptoms without experiencing chest pain. In these situations, a healthcare provider may fail to conduct proper testing, leading to further complications of the heart attack.


How is a Heart Attack Diagnosed?


A heart attack is diagnosed with the following:


  • Chest x-ray
  • Echocardiogram
  • Blood work
  • Coronary catheterization
  • Cardiac MRI/CT


How is a Heart Attack Treated?


Heart attacks are treated in a variety of ways, depending on the degree of blockage the person has. The two types of blockages are STEMI and NSTEMI. STEMI refers to blockages that are complete, making this the most serious type. NSTEMI refers to blockages that are partial, making this serious but less so than STEMIs. 


Treatment for a heart attack may include the following:


  • Anticoagulants, antiplatelet agents, and other medication therapies
  • Angioplasty
  • Artificial heart valve procedure
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Stent placement
  • Bypass surgery
  • Transmyocardial revascularization
  • Heart transplant
  • Laser angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Cardiomyoplasty
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG)


There are many types of treatments for heart attacks. Early diagnosis is the key to success for these treatments. 


How can Medical Malpractice Cause Heart Attack Complications?


There are times when a patient may die at home from a heart attack or may fail to seek treatment. However, there are times when a person may seek treatment, only to be misdiagnosed or turned away. This is considered medical malpractice for a delay in treating a heart attack. Other examples of medical malpractice include the following:


  • Delay in diagnosis
  • Delay in treatment
  • Failing to order diagnostic testing
  • Misinterpreting diagnostic testing
  • Discharging a patient without treating the heart attack
  • Leaving a patient with a heart attack or with heart attack symptoms unattended
  • Failing to properly assess the patient
  • Misdiagnosis of the condition


Call Our Law Firm After a Heart Attack Delay in Diagnosis in Oregon


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.


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