A heart attack (myocardial infarction) occurs when the blood supply to the heart is either reduced or stopped. Usually, a heart attack occurs when one or more of the arteries which supply blood to the heart are clogged. The common signs of a heart attack include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, back pain, jaw pain, or pain that radiates down the arm. One of the classic descriptions of a heart attack is a feeling as if an “elephant is sitting on your chest.”
Most people who believe they are having a heart attack go to the emergency room. It is extremely important for an emergency room physician to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. There are various tests which can be done including blood work, stress test, and in some cases, a cardiac catheterization. If a heart attack is caused by clogged arteries, one of the most common procedures is for a doctor to insert a stent. The purpose of a stent is to open up the clogged artery to restore blood flow.
At Frank Spector Law we have represented clients whose heart attack has been misdiagnosed. The failure to diagnose and treat a heart attack promptly can result in severe heart damage or death.
If you would like to speak with us about a case involving a heart attack, please call us at 1-800-299-HURT. The consultation is free.