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Heart attacks and the risks of diagnostic errors

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2022 | Medical Malpractice

An accurate diagnosis may be vital in choosing a treatment path for virtually any type of medical condition. Unfortunately, things do not always go as planned, and diagnostic errors remain a common concern for many patients in Delaware. While failure to accurately diagnose any type of condition can be dangerous, with health conditions such as a heart attack, diagnostic errors could carry severe or even fatal ramifications. 

While patients might expect doctors to be capable of providing an accurate diagnosis for their health concerns, this might not always be feasible. Knowing some of the symptoms of a heart attack may be vital to protecting one’s well-being, some of which might include: 

  • Intense pain:  Studies indicate that one common symptom of a heart attack may involve intense pain and pressure radiating through a person’s chest and arms. 
  • Nausea and heartburn:  Those suffering a heart attack may also experience issues with feelings of nausea or issues with indigestion and heartburn. 
  • Fatigue and dizziness:  Studies state that a similar health condition could also cause a person to encounter bouts with dizziness and fatigue. 
  • Neck, shoulders and back:  Pain and discomfort could also radiate through one’s shoulders, neck and back while experiencing a similar health issue. 

Signs and severity of symptoms of a heart attack may vary with each person and without the necessary medical care, such a condition could pose a significant threat to one’s health. 

Diagnostic errors can carry disastrous repercussions, regardless of one’s health condition. Those who suffer severe harm or lose someone close due to similar types of negligence may wish to know more about the next steps to seek restitution in civil court, but navigating the process can be complex, especially alone. Fortunately, there are attorneys in Delaware who can evaluate a person’s situation thoroughly and help prepare to seek the full amount of compensation entitled through a claim against all parties deemed responsible.