Heart disease kills one out of every four women in the United States, easily making it the leading cause of death among females in this country.
Research shows that as many as 90 percent of all American women and men often show tell tale signs of chest discomfort indicative of a heart attack or acute myocardial infarction (AMI). These symptoms are often chalked up to be far less serious than they really are, though. Since AMI often isn't accompanied by chest pain, it and other potentially fatal heart disorders often are misdiagnosed as acid reflux or minor conditions.
One Circulation medical journal study last year highlighted how as many as 62 of their female respondents showed up at the hospital with suspected case of AMI during their analysis period. When they showed up, the majority were experiencing three or more different symptoms. In contrast, just under 55 percent of men interviewed admitted to doing the same.
When women did appear at the hospital, they often complained of chest palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, stomach pain, or nausea. At least 53 percent of the female respondents in the study noted that their doctors didn't suspect their symptoms were indicative of a heart condition. This compares to nearly 37 percent of men who said the same.
Researchers ultimately concluded that these statistics emphasize the importance of doctors trusting their patients' instincts that their condition may be heart related. They note that it's important for physcians to better piece together their patient's symptoms and to ask more questions about family medical histories.
Unless this occurs, they note that symptoms are going to continue to be ignored or misinterpreted, resulting in many more woman dying from heart-related conditions far too young.
Research shows that at least 66 percent of all patients, whether female or male, wait until their symptoms are persistent before they eventually seek medical care. In 50 percent or more of those cases, the symptoms they're experiencing have to be so severe that they cannot be ignored before they do.
If you've sought medical treatment for a suspected heart condition, only to have it misdiagnosed as something else, then a Tucson failure to diagnose attorney can advise you of your rights in your case.