About 735,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men in the United States. With so many people suffering from heart disease, many procedures have been developed to treat people who are prone to heart attacks.
A cardiovascular physician specializing in the area of heart disease should recognize the signs and symptoms when someone is about to have a heart attack or will have one in the near future. When a medical professional fails to see these signs and symptoms, the patient can die as a result of a heart attack that could have been monitored earlier. Heart attacks are unpredictable, but there are preventative measures that a physician can take to ensure that the chances of falling victim of a heart attack are reduced.
With heart attacks being so common, one would think that physicians would be better adept to quickly recognize the signs and symptoms. The top medical malpractice attorneys in Tampa have represented many victims of heart attacks who were not told that they could be prone to heart attacks and were not treated for their condition.
Signs and Symptoms of an Upcoming Heart Attack
Every individual will experience different signs and symptoms prior to or during a heart attack. However, there are some individuals who will not experience any signs or symptoms at all, usually referred to as “silent heart attack”. If a patient does display signs and symptoms and the physician does not react to them, they can be held liable. These are some symptoms usually associated with heart attacks:
- Chest pain, fullness, or squeezing
- Tooth pain
- Lack of oxygen
- Stomach pain
- Pain in the arms (mostly left side)
- Pain in the upper back
- Feeling unwell
It is easy to see that these symptoms are relatively similar to common everyday health issues. Because of that an inexperienced physician can miss the signs of a heart attack.
Not Recognizing Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms Leading to a Patients Injury
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Maran & Maran law firm have dealt with numerous medical malpractice cases and have fought for the client’s rights. Heart attacks need to be taken seriously and medical negligence should not be ignored. The law firm holds these medical professionals responsible for the injuries that they attributed to.
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