Heart Attack Misdiagnosis -- Columbus, OH

Heart Attack Misdiagnosis and Medical Negligence Law


When Physcians Miss the Signs


Each year, close to five million people in the United States go to the emergency room with heart attack symptoms, including chest pains. Symptoms of a heart attack are common, and are very similar to many non-life threatening illnesses and conditions. Because of this, the doctors may not realize or recognize the severity of situation and misdiagnose the patient's condition.


Medical professionals need to address heart attacks and symptoms of a heart attack in a responsible manner. Many heart attacks can be prevented with proper and timely medical intervention. Healthcare providers have a responsibility to conduct the proper testing and accurately interpret the results of those tests.


Some of the most common mistakes made during the diagnosis of a heart attack include: 


  • Failure to diagnose a heart attack in younger patients;
  • Heart attacks are more frequent in men, and sometimes doctors fail to consider a heart condition in women;
  • A normal ECG does not always rule out a heart attack. One study showed that up to 23% of misdiagnosed heart attacks were due to the improper reading of a patient's ECG.


The proper diagnosis of a heart attack is often difficult due to the non-specific nature of some of the symptoms. Nevertheless, careful and attentive consideration of all factors is critical to the patient's survival and recovery.


A doctor may fail to properly assess:

  • Patient Age
  • Previous Heart Conditions
  • Medical history and drug interactions (oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy can increase the risk of heart attack)
  • Patient Lifestyle (exercise, alcohol, or drug use)
  • Smoking
  • Menopause


When patients are discharged from the hospital emergency room without the proper diagnosis, they may suffer significant repercussions, even death. Robert D. Erney has handled a number of cases involving misdiagnosis of heart attacks. For more information regarding heart attacks and medical negligence, contact Robert D. Erney and Associates today.