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Heart attacks often misdiagnosed, chest pain severity not an indicator

Posted on August 19th, 2011 No Comments

A recent study completed by researchers at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania declares that chest pain severity and duration are not indicators of heart attack.  In analyzing 3,300 patients entering the hospital with chest pain, researchers found that patients with more severe or long-lasting chest pain were not more likely to suffer a heart attack than those with less severe or less-lasting pain.

Approximately 2 to 5 percent of patients who go to hospitals because they are experiencing a heart attack are misdiagnosed and discharged from the hospital.  In addition, about 30 percent of paid-out medical malpractice claims are to patients who had heart attacks but were wrongly diagnosed.

The study notes that pain from a heart attack can not only be located in the chest, but also in the arms, jaw, abdomen, and back.  Also, the study explains that just because a patient is experiencing severe or long-lasting chest pain does not mean they are not experiencing a heart attack.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a wrong diagnosis or other type of medical malpractice, contact the San Antonio wrong diagnosis lawyers of Chris Mayo Injury Lawyers at (210) 999-9999 to learn more about how we can help you.

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