When a woman believes she may have a health issue and she sees a doctor to have the matter diagnosed, she has every reason to believe that her concerns will be taken seriously. Doctors have a duty to listen carefully to their patients when they describe their symptoms. To do otherwise could prevent the doctor from properly diagnosing a serious condition.
Moreover, it is incumbent upon doctors to be aware of how symptoms of certain conditions may differ between men and women. For example, women can experience heart attack symptoms that are very different from those experienced by men. And according to research conducted by the American Heart Association, these variations are causing cardiologists to misdiagnose women who may be at risk. As a result, women may not get the treatment they need in a timely manner.
A man who is having a heart-attack related episode may feel like a heavy weight is pressing on his chest. On the other hand, a woman’s symptoms may be more subtle, such as back pain, jaw pain, shortness of breath or nausea and vomiting.
Studies reveal two serious issues facing women who have heart attack symptoms. First, they tend to delay seeking treatment. And second, they are all too frequently misdiagnosed or their symptoms are simply dismissed by medical professionals.
If at any point you believe that you are experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack or any other serious condition, you should not hesitate to seek medical attention. And if the physician examining you gives you a suspect diagnosis, don’t be afraid to insist on a more thorough assessment; doing so could save your life.
If you or a loved one did not receive timely treatment due to a misdiagnosis, an experienced medical malpractice attorney can investigate the matter for you. The attorney may be able to file a lawsuit that could result in you getting appropriate compensation for the harm you suffered.