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Women more likely to receive a wrong diagnosis for heart disease

Obviously, men and women differ biologically in many ways. And it would stand to reason that these differences would always be taken into account when a woman seeks a diagnosis for a medical condition. Yet, according to the results of research conducted by the American Heart Association, this is not always the case when it comes to examining women for possible heart attack symptoms.

According to a doctor, it has been known for 20 years that women are being underdiagnosed for heart disease. Moreover, another expert on the subject says that doctors often discount the kinds of symptoms that could indicate heart issues exhibited by women when in emergency rooms.

While a man who is suffering from heart disease may feel like a heavy object is pressing down on his chest, women tend to have more subtle symptoms. For example, shortness of breath, jaw pain, back or neck pain, nausea, and vomiting are all possible indicators that a woman is suffering from heart disease.

By not recognizing these symptoms, doctors are less likely to order more advanced diagnostic testing for women. A doctor may even be dismissive of a woman's concerns. And women have become reticent to even seek medical attention in a timely manner. All of these factors can result in women receiving delayed treatment, which could prove fatal.

A doctor has a duty of care to make sure that a patient receives the testing she needs to get an accurate diagnosis. If you or someone you love suffers harm due to a doctor failing to take all the steps necessary to obtain an accurate medical assessment, you may want to discuss what happened with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. An attorney can perform an investigation to see if there are grounds for holding the liable party accountable for damages.

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