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Emergency Room Heart Attack Misdiagnosis

Heart attacks kill hundreds of thousands of Americans every year. When a person is having a heart attack, they must receive immediate and appropriate medical treatment or the risk of suffering permanent heart muscle damage, stroke, heart failure, heart aneurysm, or death increases greatly. Thus, a quick diagnosis in the emergency room is imperative to assuring that the heart attack victim makes it out of the situation alive and with as little permanent damage to their health as possible.

While the chance of misdiagnosing a severe heart attack may be fairly small, some heart attacks have less obvious symptoms and may easily be confused for much less serious conditions. These clandestine symptoms can include dizziness, backache, indigestion, sweating, shortness of breath, chills, and nausea. If a patient is misdiagnosed, there is a good chance he or she will spend undue time sitting in an emergency room waiting area while his or her heart suffers irreparable damage.

Possible Misdiagnoses

If a heart attack patient is not given appropriate attention, an emergency room medical professional may confuse his or her very serious condition for:

  • Panic attack
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Bronchitis
  • Anxiety attack
  • Pneumonia

Any of these misdiagnoses can easily put a patients life in jeopardy, as they do not require the same level of concern and immediate treatment as does a heart attack.

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If you or a loved one has suffered because of an emergency room misdiagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation. To explore the possibility of filing a malpractice lawsuit, contact the Waukesha personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® by calling (800) 242-2874.