Heart Disease Is a Leading Killer in Washington, D.C.
Help for victims whose heart attacks and conditions were not diagnosed
Heart disease affects millions of Americans every single day. Washington, D.C., leads the nation in preventable cardiovascular disease deaths, and West Virginia comes in at #4. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death in West Virginia. Because heart disease is so prevalent in both areas, it is reasonable to assume that your doctor would take notice of any symptoms you might have of heart disease. When he or she does not, you may have a case for medical malpractice.
At Paulson & Nace, PLLC, we know how to determine if your undiagnosed heart attack or condition was a sign of negligence. For more than 40 years, our family law firm has helped Washington, D.C. families just like yours whose loves ones suffered because of a delayed or missed diagnosis. We are a team of skilled trial attorneys who advocate aggressively on behalf of our injured clients, and who are not afraid to stand up to large insurance companies who put their profits before your health.
The facts about heart disease
About 600,000 Americans die from heart disease every single year – approximately one quarter of all deaths nationwide. High cholesterol and high blood pressure and smoking are the leading risk factors, but obesity due to a bad diet and limited exercise can also increase the risk. When doctors talk about heart conditions, they usually mean one of the following:
- Congenital defects
- Defective or weak heart valves
- Cardiovascular disease
- Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
Cardiovascular disease affects the blood vessels, whereas coronary heart disease affects the arteries. In both cases, there is a buildup of plaque; this narrows the vessels or arteries, respectively, leading to an increased chance of heart attack or stroke.
Symptoms of a heart attack
Many people assume that having a heart attack happens the way it does on television, but in truth the symptoms can vary. Though the most obvious symptom is chest pain, victims may also experience:
- Feelings of light-headedness or vertigo, or difficulty catching one’s breath (which may lead to light-headedness)
- Nausea and excessive sweating
- Sudden onset of anxiety
- Discomfort or pain in the arms, wrists, neck, back or abdomen
- Heartburn or indigestion
Without the expected heart pain, a person in the throes of a heart attack may believe he or she is having a panic attack. In cases where victims suffer a series of mild heart attacks, one may think he or she came down with the flu. This is why it is crucial that your doctor examine your heart if you have a family history or personal medical history of heart conditions. Doctors who do not recognize the signs of a heart attack, do not take a properly medical history or do not advise patients of their personal risk of developing heart disease can ultimately contribute to a person’s poor health or untimely death. At Paulson & Nace, we handle complex failure to diagnose cases where a medical professional fails to protect or commits additional harm by misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose heart disease.
You can trust in us if your doctor failed to diagnose your heart condition or disease
Dealing with an illness is difficult; choosing the right lawyer to protect your family does not have to be. Paulson & Nace, PLLC, has successfully represented malpractice victims throughout Washington, D.C. If you believe your doctor’s failure to diagnose a heart condition led to more catastrophic consequences for you or your family member, we want to hear your story. Please call 202-930-0292 or fill out our contact form to learn more.