Failure to Diagnose Heart Arrhythmia

Statistics reveal that millions of individuals suffer from some type of irregular heartbeat.

Failure to Diagnose Heart ArrhythmiaWhile a large number of these conditions are benign, some are very serious and require prompt attention from a medical professional. If a medical provider fails to diagnose a heart arrhythmia, a person can end up facing some very serious consequences.

The Symptoms of Heart Arrhythmia

The symptoms of heart arrhythmia can differ between individuals. While some people simply experience a rapid heart-rate, others notice much more serious symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of heart arrhythmia include the following:

  • Acute congestive heart failure
  • Acute pulmonary disease
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Aortic dissection
  • Metabolic disorder
  • Mild cardiac infarct
  • Stroke

Early Identification is Key in Combating Heart Arrhythmia

Diagnosing a heart arrhythmia early is important to ensuring that the most positive outcome is reached. If a physician fails to properly diagnose heart arrhythmia or does not provide sufficient treatment, a person is much more likely to experience a serious medical condition or even death. Early steps to determine the severity of heart arrhythmia should include the use of a stethoscope, performing an in-depth physical examination, and an electrocardiogram, which is particularly helpful in determining the condition of a person’s heart.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice Involving Heart Arrhythmia

Medical malpractice encompasses cases in which a medical provider is negligent or deviates from the standard of care for a patient. Some of the most common medical malpractice claims for people with mistreated or misdiagnosed heart arrhythmia include:

  • Failing to accurately diagnose a condition
  • Failing to install a defibrillator or pacemaker
  • Failing to properly interpret test results
  • Failing to provide proper treatment
  • Failing to thoroughly investigate a patient’s symptoms.
  • Failing to refer the patient for additional testing of any kind including blood work

Some of the most common symptoms associated with severe heart arrhythmia include chest pain, numbness in the extremities, and shortness of breath.

Speak with a Seasoned Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

If a medical provider fails to accurately diagnose a case of severe arrhythmia, a person who experiences injuries as a result is likely able to obtain compensation from the diagnosing or treating medical provider as well as any other responsible medical staff. The legal counsel at the Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan will fight to make sure that your case resolves in the best possible manner and that medical malpractice victims obtain compensation for emotional suffering, lost wages, and medical bills. Contact our law office today for assistance. Our counsel will begin by evaluating your case and then outline your various options.

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