Some people in Georgia may not be aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death in women. With so much focus placed on breast cancer, a lot of women may not have learned very much about heart attack symptoms. In addition to the typical symptom of severe chest pain, heart attack can also cause symptoms like back pain, nausea and vomiting.
A study by the American Heart Association found that nearly 62% of women have over three symptoms besides chest pain when they are having a heart attack. Men are less likely to experience these symptoms when they are having a heart attack, and that may be why women are misdiagnosed more frequently. When a woman is misdiagnosed while having a heart attack, the consequences of the delayed care can lead to heart damage and heart failure.
Researchers have also found that women tend to present atypical symptoms of stroke more often than men. This has also led to an increased risk for misdiagnoses in women. Non-classic stroke symptoms such as dizziness and headache may be the reason women are misdiagnosed more frequently while visiting the emergency room, according to a 2014 study.
Misdiagnosis of a severe condition like heart attack or stroke can lead to life-altering injuries or even death. If a patient was injured because their heart attack or stroke was not correctly identified in time, the injured patient or their family may be able to sue the doctors involved for medical malpractice. An attorney may be able to help a family in this situation to build their case and pursue the maximum compensation.