Women Not Receiving the Prompt Medical Care for Heart Attack that Men Typically Receive
An acute heart attack occurs when a blocked vessel restricts blood flow to an area of the heart muscle. The lack of blood flow means this area of the heart is deprived of oxygen. The longer a heart attack victim goes without receiving medical treatment, the longer the heart muscle goes without receiving oxygen. This oxygen deprivation causes significant, and sometimes irreversible, damage to the heart muscle. A phrase used by critical care professionals to underscore the importance of timely treatment is: "time lost equals muscle lost."
According to Concannon, "Delays of 15 minutes have been shown to contribute to a significantly larger area of damage to heart muscle in patients with heart attack. While our study included patients with any cardiac related symptom, we studied 15 minute delays because of their potential for harm in patients with heart attack."
If you or someone you love suffered injury or death because of delay in diagnosing or treating a heart attack, you should contact the lawyers at Berger & Lagnese for a free consultation. The lawyers at Berger & Lagnese specialize in medical malpractice cases involving the failure to diagnose and treat heart attack.