Every year, 103,000 people in the UK will have a heart attack, with heart disease responsible for 82,000 deaths annually. Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) is the main cause of heart attacks. This condition causes the coronary arteries (which supply the heart with blood) to become clogged with cholesterol deposits known as ‘plaques’. When one of these plaques ruptures, a blood clot develops which can block the blood supply to the heart, triggering a heart attack. Lifestyle factors which can increase risk of heart attack include smoking, high cholesterol, being overweight and high blood pressure. Symptoms of heart attack include:
- Shortness of breath
- Overwhelming anxiety
- Feeling light-headed or weak
- Chest pain which can radiate to back, arms, neck and jaw
This combination of symptoms can help determine if someone is having a heart attack and ignoring symptoms or failure to diagnose heart attack could have dangerous consequences. Those suffering from heart attack symptoms should call 999 and try to chew on an aspirin, which can thin the blood and help reduce the risk of a heart attack. Treatment is usually with medication to thin the blood, or surgery, and recovery time can vary from a few weeks to several months. Heart attacks can cause complications such as arrhythmia, heart rupture or damage to the heart muscles.
Have you suffered a heart attack?
If you or someone you love has suffered a heart attack and not received proper treatment and care, it can be a frustrating and difficult time. The outcome of failure to diagnose a heart attack could have serious consequences and could even cause a fatality. Doctors and nurses are required to meet professional standards, so if you feel that medical negligence has caused undue pain and suffering for you or someone you love, you could be eligible to claim compensation. Contacting a personal injury lawyer will allow you to discuss your options with a qualified professional, who can offer advice and information on the claims process.
How we can help
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have dealt with a range of medical negligence claims; everything from severe head injuries going undiagnosed to failure to diagnose a heart attack. Our team of professional personal injury lawyers are here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice and our helpline is open 24/7, so call us today to find out if you are eligible to claim compensation for medical negligence; it’s free to call.