Most of the time you’re not even aware of your heartbeat – unless you have been running for the bus or doing another intensive activity. However there are cases where you can experience something called an arrhythmia. This is when the regular rhythm of the heart is disrupted. It could mean it beats harder and faster than it normally would in a particular situation. Alternatively it could mean a slower heartbeat. Other types can include irregular heartbeats that produce further symptoms.
Since you can tell if you are experiencing issues like this, it is easy enough to get an appointment with your GP to get it checked out. A failure to diagnose irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) can be serious as it means you cannot get the treatment you need for the condition. Even if all that is required is regular monitoring, you would still be unable to get this degree of treatment if the condition is not diagnosed in the first place.
The same applies with medication that could be prescribed to prevent the arrhythmias from occurring. Unless you have a proper diagnosis you would not be able to opt for treatment such as this.
How can an irregular heartbeat affect your life?
Some people only ever experience arrhythmias every now and then, and it doesn’t mean there is anything to worry about. However there are heart conditions and other medical conditions that may increase the odds of experiencing one. If you have a medical condition that is undiagnosed you may experience assorted symptoms including breathlessness and fainting. Needless to say these can affect your life and they can also cause additional problems if the condition is not discovered and treated. This can be done through surgery or through medication, depending on the nature of the problem.
Can Accident Advice Helpline help you seek retribution for a failure to diagnose irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)?
Our friendly well-trained team has been fighting for justice for individuals for more than 14 years. Our professional injury compensation lawyers have had extensive experience with medical negligence cases of all kinds, including this type. If your failure to diagnose experience has occurred within the last three years we would encourage you to contact us now on our free 24/7 enquiry line – 0800 689 0500 – for more information and no-obligation advice. It could make all the difference to your situation and whether or not you get the compensation you are considering claiming for.
Date Published: August 12, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim