Heart Attack SymptomsShould my Doctor have tested for a Heart Attack?
damage. A heart attack’s technical name is an acute myocardial infarction. The term simply means death of cardiac muscle due to a blockage or ischemia. Medical care for heart attacks has advanced significantly. The death rates from heart attacks have dropped below 10 percent in the United States. The improved care for heart attacks is dependent on the heart attack being timely diagnosed.
The diagnosis of a heart attack starts with identifying the symptoms. The most common symptoms of a heart attack are:
- Chest pain with or without radiating pain to the jaw, arms, neck, back or the area just below the chest muscles towards the abdomen.
- The chest pain is often described as heartburn, indigestion, crushing, constricting or fullness.
- The person may have multiple symptoms including nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, fainting, light headedness, vomiting or a loss of color.
A doctor evaluating a patient with these complaints should look for further signs of a heart attack such as:
- Cool and clammy hands or feet.
- Pale or bluish skin (Cyanotic).
- Bulging or distended jugular vein.
- Abnormal breath sounds while listening to the lungs (bibasilar rales or crackles).
- Cognitive Disorientation.
- Weak or irregular pulse
- Low-grade fever
- A rapid heart rate with high blood pressure or a slow heart rate with low blood pressure
- Abnormal sounds when listening to the heart.
If a patient has presented with complaints consistent with a heart attack and after the doctor has looked for the signs of a heart attack then diagnostic testing should be performed. The failure to diagnose timely and misdiagnosis lawyers at Patterson Law offer free consultations to review your potential claim for a misdiagnosed or delayed diagnosis of a heart attack.
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