Women's Heart Attacks Often Misdiagnosed
The Dec. 9 issue of Circulation: The Journal of the American Heart Association includes a study revealing that compared to men, women are less likely to receive treatments for the most severe form of heart attack.
The lack of treatment is a form of medical negligence that has resulted in patient injuries. The cases of over 78,000 male and female heart attack sufferers seen in one of 420 U.S. hospitals between 2001 and 2006 were examined, and the data revealed that the women were:
Women Twice as Likely to Die from Heart Attack
Among patients with the most serious type of heart attack — the STEMI or ST-elevation myocardial infarction — 5.5 percent of the male patients died, whereas 10.2 percent of the female patients with the same diagnosis died. The study's lead author, Dr. Hani Jneid noted, "There is evidence across the board of under treatment."
Know the Symptoms of Heart Attack
A new program initiated by the American Heart Association aims to educate women, men and healthcare personnel about the often-subtle symptoms of heart attack in women, so that female heart attack victims can seek medical attention sooner and healthcare providers can diagnose women earlier and more accurately.
Heart Attack Symptoms Differ by Gender
The well-known heart attack symptom of crushing chest pain is not always experienced by women; their symptoms are frequently much less obvious. If a woman experiences a few or all of the following symptoms, she should seek medical attention immediately and tell the staff that she feels she may be having a heart attack:
(Source: Health Us News)
If You Were Misdiagnosed
If you or someone you love was misdiagnosed and you received substandard medical treatment for a heart attack, contact us today to schedule a private, no-cost consultation with a medical malpractice attorney who will fight to ensure you recover the compensation you need and deserve.
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