Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers file cases against hospitals for the failure to properly diagnose a heart attack, or myocardial infarction (MI), in the hospital emergency room. Malpractice claims alleging negligent care of patients presenting with signs and symptoms of a heart attack are the second most frequent type of malpractice claim alleged against emergency departments. A patient presenting with the symptoms of a heart attack should be carefully evaluated and tested for the condition before being discharged home from the hospital.
The emergency department may fail to identify the heart attack because its major symptom is also shared by other potentially life threatening conditions, like a pulmonary embolism and aortic aneurysm. Other less serious conditions, like a chest muscle strain or even indigestion, can mimic the signs of a heart attack. Therefore, it is essential that the medical staff take all appropriate measures based upon the patient history and presentation of the patient to determine whether the patient is having a heart attack.
A proper evaluation of a patient suspected of having a myocardial infarction can include:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Lab testing
- Cardiac enzymes
- Other tests, like a chest x-ray, may lead to the diagnosis of another condition like a pulmonary embolism
Complication and injuries resulting from a missed heart attack, or myocardial infarction, can lead to significant disability and even death. In cases where a patient dies due to the failure to diagnose a heart attack, the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit.
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