Did you know that February is American Heart Month? This important public
awareness campaign reminds families that heart disease can affect anyone.
In fact, many people have serious heart diseases without realizing it.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had a medical exam, consider
making an appointment to talk to your doctor about your heart health.
Remember that just like
heart disease, medical negligence can also affect any patient. Don’t hesitate
to seek a second opinion.
When heart disease is left untreated, additional complications can develop.
Not all types of heart disease cause noticeable symptoms. High blood pressure,
for example, is known as the “silent killer.” This is why
health screenings are so important. To support heart health, it’s recommended that patients keep track
of their blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), cholesterol levels, and
blood glucose levels.
Symptoms to Know
Not all cardiac events cause obvious symptoms like crushing chest pain.
In fact, many patients suffer a heart attack without realizing it. A heart
attack can be subtle, causing symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, and
abdominal pain. It’s important to be aware of any unusual changes
in your health and to bring these issues to the attention of your doctor.
Additionally, be mindful of potential problems in the ER. Some patients
go to the ER complaining of symptoms of a heart attack and they are told
that they are too young or otherwise don’t fit the profile of a
typical heart attack patient. If an ER doctor refuses to evaluate you
for a cardiac complaint despite your symptoms, seek a second opinion immediately.
The medical negligence lawyers of
Pegalis & Erickson, LLC have successfully advocated on behalf of families affected by wrongful
death due to the misdiagnosis of cardiac events. If your family has been
affected by a wrongful death that occurred in the Long Island, New York
area, you’re invited to call us at (516) 858-2194. We’re committed
to putting the needs of patients first.