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Why Do Doctors Misdiagnose Heart Disease In Women?

Why Do Doctors Misdiagnose Heart Disease In Women?

Heart disease is a massive problem in the United States. It is a deadly health condition, with 700,000 fatalities in America every year, regardless of gender.

However, recent studies show an alarming issue. The risk of misdiagnosing heart disease is high among women. Sometimes, women dismiss their symptoms and fail to call the hospital during the height of a heart attack.

This phenomenon happens for multiple reasons, including:

  • They have more subtle symptoms, including cold sweats, shortness of breath, and jaw or back pain.
  • Medical professionals might downplay their symptoms, leading to misdiagnosis or delayed treatment.
  • They might not experience common heart attack symptoms, such as chest pain or discomfort.
  • Due to a lack of severe symptoms, personnel might not prioritize them in an emergency room.

Even if they experience chest pain, women will likely receive delayed treatment. Failure to assess them properly might result in an undiagnosed or misdiagnosed heart condition that could turn deadly.

What Happens If A Doctor Misdiagnoses A Heart Disease?

It is important to diagnose a patient properly to avoid prescription errors and incorrect treatments. In addition to extensive medical costs, this error might cause severe injury or death.

Other forms of medical malpractice can include:

  • Reporting inaccurate information
  • Failing to monitor or observe a patient properly
  • Mistakes in patient records
  • Causing physical harm to a patient during transport

However, a case would need a thorough evaluation to determine if negligence took place. Once verified, a victim could file a medical malpractice claim to help collect compensation for the damages caused by the hospital’s oversight, including medical bills, lost income and distress.