Heart Attacks And Pulmonary Embolisms: Life-Threatening Conditions That Are Commonly Overlooked

Many people recognize the symptoms of a heart attack: chest pain, shortness of breath, pain radiating into the shoulder. Sometimes the symptoms are more subtle. Whenever heart attack is a possibility, public health campaigns tell us to seek medical attention immediately.

Heart attacks — also called myocardial infarctions — are a leading cause of disability and death. Despite their prevalence, heart attacks are frequently overlooked. The staff at the emergency room or urgent care clinic may be in such a rush to get to the next patient that they send someone home without conducting a thorough evaluation. Left untreated, the heart attack may progress into full-blown cardiac arrest or death.

Pulmonary embolism is another potentially life-threatening condition involving blockage of the arteries in the lungs. Like heart attacks, it far too often gets missed by medical professionals. Untreated embolism may result in death of lung tissue, cardiac complications or sudden death.

The Tragic Prevalence Of Inexcusable Oversights

Failure to properly diagnose or treat heart attacks and pulmonary embolism is a serious form of medical malpractice. With the technology available in modern medicine, many tools are available to detect these conditions — for example, electrocardiograms (EKGs), imaging tests (echocardiograms), ultrasounds, CT scans, pulmonary angiography and blood tests. Missed diagnoses are therefore inexcusable, yet tragically common.

According to a recent study reported by CBS News, misdiagnosis of heart attack is among the top two causes of death involving medical negligence.

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