Heart failure among Pittsburgh residents is a common occurrence. Emergency room doctors receive thousands of patients suffering from heart attacks each year. But when a person is suffering from heart failure, prompt medical attention can mean the difference between life and death. When a young person is suffering from heart failure they sometimes don't receive the care that they need and a failure to diagnose their condition can lead to serious injuries and even death.
When most people think about heart disease they think about those who are older. A younger person who may have heart disease probably never consider the possibility but many young people show signs of heart disease. A recently study showed that almost half of young people between the ages of 18 and 35 show early signs of heart disease. Many times if these people show up at an emergency room with heart attack symptoms, a heart attack is not immediately suspected. Both the patient and the doctor may not think that a heart attack is possible.
Delayed treatment for heart failure can cause serious injury and even death to young patients. A medical provider needs to be aware of all the patient's symptoms and make sure that they are thorough in their exam. It is important that they don't discount any symptoms just because they think it's not possible that the patient has a heart problem. If a family believes that their loved one suffered from a failure to diagnose a heart condition they may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review medical records and help determine if a medical provider was negligent in their care.
Heart disease can strike anyone; it is the number one killer in the U.S. It is important for medical providers to recognize the symptoms and make that anyone who has them, regardless of age, is listened to and treated promptly.
Source: today.com, "Hidden heart disease lurks in healthy-looking young adults," Linda Carroll, Oct. 25, 2011