Each year nearly 5 million people in the U.S. visit emergency rooms with heart attack symptoms including chest pains. Since heart attack symptoms are similar to a number of common non-life threatening conditions, doctors may fail to realize the severity of the situation and misdiagnose the patient’s medical condition.
Some of the most common mistakes made during the diagnosis of a heart attack include:
- Failure to diagnose a heart attack in younger patients
- According to the New England Journal of medicine, 1 in 50 heart attacks are incorrectly diagnosed and the patient is sent home. Women are 7 times more likely to have their heart attack misdiagnosed than men 
- A normal ECG does not always rule out a heart attack. One study showed that up to 23% of misdiagnosed heart attacks were due to the improper reading of a patient’s ECG.
The proper diagnosis of a heart attack can often be difficult due to the non-specific nature of some symptoms. Nevertheless, careful and attentive consideration of all factors is critical to the patient’s survival and recovery. A doctor may fail to properly assess:
- Patient Age
- Previous Heart Conditions
- Medical History and Drug Interactions (oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy can increase the risk of heart attack)
- Patient Lifestyle (exercise, alcohol or drug use)
Please consult your physician before discontinuing any medication.
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