Failure to Diagnose Heart Attack and Stroke

Minnesota Medical Malpractice Lawyer

There are some heart attacks and strokes that hit Minnesota residents suddenly, and without warning. Other times, there are warning signs. Doctors are trained to recognize the risk factors and symptoms of a heart attack and stroke, and make a timely diagnosis to decrease the chance of permanent damage.

Elite Injury Attorneys NetworkIn today’s advanced medical era, it is no longer acceptable practice for a physician to decide that a Minnesota patient with chest pain is not having a heart attack, and then send them home. The symptoms of a stroke can arise abruptly, or persist for days or weeks, and should not be downplayed or disregarded by any medical professional. Doctors have an array of diagnostic tools available to diagnose a potentially life-threatening condition and treat it accordingly.

If your health has declined because of a delayed diagnosis, talk to a lawyer from Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC. Elite will attempt to pair you with the Minnesota medical malpractice lawyer best suited to take your case—at no additional cost.

Heart Attacks

In a Minnesota emergency room, a heart attack may be misdiagnosed as heartburn, indigestion or even localized pain in your arm. The premise of good medical treatment starts with a review of your history and a physical exam. The assessment of your history should involve any risk factors such as family history, lifestyle habits and overall health.

It is important to be aware of the signs of a heart attack because sometimes you may not realize what’s wrong until it’s too late. Symptoms include:

  • Pain or other discomfort in the left or center of your chest that shoots down your arm to your back or shoulder
  • Excessive anxiety
  • A shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • Excessive sweating, balance issues and light-headedness


A stroke occurs when there is an interruption of the blood supply leading to your brain. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are affected by a stroke, which can result in permanent disability or death. A stroke may arise from leakage (called a hemorrhagic stroke), or blockage (called an ischemic stroke). Strokes caused by blockage may be the result of blood clots in the legs, lungs and veins. Loss of blood flow, often due to a heart attack, may also cause a stroke.

Although symptoms may vary, doctors should be aware of some of the common signs, to help prevent a misdiagnosis:

  • Sudden facial weakness
  • The inability to speak
  • Speech that sounds abnormal
  • Dysfunction of the arm

If you or a loved one lives in Minnesota and your health has suffered because of a medical professional’s failure to diagnose, you may have a medical malpractice claim.  Please complete the online form and the Elite Injury Attorneys’ Network, LLC will review your case and attempt to pair you with a Minnesota medical malpractice lawyer, if you have a valid claim.