Heart Attack & Pulmonary Embolism
Heart attacks and pulmonary embolisms are two serious health concerns that are caused by blockage of the flow of blood in the body. These life-threatening concerns may occur because of preventable accidents or happen because of a doctor or doctor’s negligence.
What is a Heart Attack?
Build up of cholesterol, fat and other substances can form a plaque in the coronary arteries, blocking the flow of blood to the heart. This blockage can damage or even destroy part of the heart muscle, causing a heart attack. While treatment techniques have improved, a heart attack can still be fatal. The following are common symptoms of a heart attack:
- Pressure or tightness in the chest or arms
- Nausea, heartburn, abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden dizziness or lightheadedness
What is a Pulmonary Embolism?
A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein (commonly in the leg), travels through the bloodstream, and lodges itself in the lungs. Large pulmonary embolisms can be fatal in a short amount of time, causing the heart and lungs to fail rapidly. However, when a pulmonary embolism is quickly and properly diagnosed and treated, a patient’s chances for survival significantly improve. The following are common symptoms of a pulmonary embolism:
- Shortness of breath
- Anxiety or restlessness
- Chest pain that may spread to the shoulder, arm or neck
- Coughing or spitting up blood
- Rapid heartbeat
How Can a Physician be at Fault?
Most of the time, physicians and nurses working in hospitals and emergency rooms properly diagnose and treat both heart attacks and pulmonary embolisms. However, at times a physician may misdiagnose the condition and provide inadequate or improper care as a result. The doctor may fail to perform a proper analysis of the patient’s physical condition or fail to prescribe an anticoagulant for blood clots. The staff in the emergency room may not take immediate action when a patient arrives asserting that they are having a heart attack. In any of these situations, great physical harm or even death can result.
Thurswell Law Attorneys are Medical Malpractice Experts
In the event you or a loved one experiences a heart attack or pulmonary embolism as a result of physician negligence, Thurswell Law is here. We will make sure the right people are held responsible for your suffering, and that you receive the monetary compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation at 248-354-2222. No fee unless you collect.