A heart attack is a major medical emergency that can endanger a patient’s life. Sometimes, patients don’t receive necessary treatment for their heart attacks because doctors or nurses fail to recognize the warning signs of an episode.

Has this happened to you or a loved one in or around Chester County, Pennsylvania? You may be eligible for financial compensation if so. Review your case with a Chester County heart attack attorney at the Weitz Firm, LLC, LLC to learn more about your legal options.

Common Signs of Heart Attack in Men

Recognizing the signs of a heart attack is key to knowing you need to seek medical treatment right away when one strikes. Common warning signs of heart attack in men include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Light-headness/faintness/weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulders (which may affect one arm/shoulder or both)
  • Back, neck, or jaw pain/discomfort

Every second is crucial when you’re having a heart attack. If you notice any of these symptoms, see a doctor immediately.

Common Signs of Heart Attack in Women

Research indicates heart attacks are often overlooked in women. This is because many don’t realize that the signs of a heart attack in a female patient may be different from those of a male patient.

All of the above signs can potentially manifest when a woman is having a heart attack. However, female patients are sometimes more likely than male patients to experience shortness of breath and back/jaw pain. Additionally, women are more likely to experience nausea/vomiting when heart attacks strike.

Heart Attack Risk Factors

Certain risk factors can influence one’s chances of having a heart attack. They include:

  • Being over the age of 45 if you’re a man and over the age of 55 if you’re a woman
  • Tobacco use
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Family history
  • Lack of exercise
  • High cholesterol
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Stress
  • Use of cocaine or amphetamines

This isn’t necessarily a complete list. The best thing you can do to minimize your chances of having a heart attack is to consult with your doctor to learn more about your risk factors and how you may address them.

What a Chester County Heart Attack Lawyer Can do for You

It’s very important that physicians and nurses properly identify the signs of a heart attack in a patient. Failure to do so could result in a patient not receiving treatment in a timely manner.

Unfortunately, sometimes, negligent medical professionals don’t notice heart attack symptoms or risk factors. Along with simply overlooking the signs that a patient is having a heart attack, a healthcare professional might be negligent if they:

  • Don’t order proper diagnostic tests
  • Don’t get a full patient history or ask a patient the right questions
  • Don’t account for risk factors

If you didn’t receive necessary treatment or if you lost a loved one because a healthcare professional was careless, you may be able to seek financial compensation by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Strongly consider hiring a Chester County heart attack lawyer when doing so. At the Weitz Firm, LLC, we can help by:

  • Gathering evidence of negligence
  • Adding up your compensable losses
  • Filing your claim or lawsuit
  • Handling all negotiations with the insurance company or the defendant’s lawyers

Learn more by contacting us online or calling us at 267-587-6240 to schedule your consultation.

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