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Doctors are more likely to miss female heart attacks

On Behalf of | Sep 23, 2022 | Failure To Diagnose |

One interesting thing that you find when you look at heart attack cases is that doctors are less likely to make the proper diagnosis if the patient is a woman. The accuracy rate of diagnosing a heart attack in a man is much higher, but women often receive the wrong diagnosis or a delayed diagnosis.

With something like a heart attack, even a small delay can be deadly. People need to get proper treatment immediately. There have been cases where people have even been sent home from the hospital and told they aren’t having a heart attack, but they actually are. You can imagine that this could be a serious catastrophe, and it all comes back to that mistake being made by the medical team. So why does this happen?

The symptoms are often different

The big reason that doctors tend to miss heart attacks in women is that the symptoms aren’t always the same. Men will usually report that they are experiencing chest pain. They may talk about trouble breathing. Women are more likely to mention other symptoms, which could include things like nausea or dizziness.

Furthermore, it seems that doctors are more likely to assume that women are having a different issue, even when they do talk about chest pain. For instance, they may think it is a musculoskeletal issue, or they may believe that the woman is suffering from an anxiety attack.

What are your options?

If you or a loved one were harmed by mistakes made by medical professionals, and you believe they did not give you the level of care that you deserve, then you need to know about all of your legal options to seek compensation.