Women in Pennsylvania who have a heart attack may experience symptoms that are not thought of as typical like nausea, back pain or vomiting. When this happens, women are more likely to be misdiagnosed and receive delayed care for the myocardial infarction. According to a study by the American Heart Association, nearly 62 percent of women experience symptoms other than chest pain when they are having a heart attack.
Because men are more likely to present typical symptoms when they are having a heart attack, they are less likely to be misdiagnosed when it happens. Women, on the other hand, are often told that the heart attack they are experiencing is actually an anxiety attack. If a woman is not taken to the hospital fast enough when she is having a heart attack, she could sustain serious heart damage and heart failure.
Women also tend to present symptoms of stroke differently than men, which can lead to stroke being misdiagnosed as well. Researchers have found that women are more likely to be misdiagnosed in the emergency room when they are having a stroke. The disparity may be because women often present non-typical stroke symptoms like dizziness and headache.
A woman who was misdiagnosed while experiencing a heart attack or stroke may sustain serious and life-altering injuries because of the doctor’s mistake. A medical malpractice attorney might be able to help someone in this situation to pursue financial compensation for the full cost of the injuries. Damages may include ongoing medical expenses as well as lost wages and loss of quality of life.