February is National Heart Health Month, and organizations like the American Heart Association (AHA) are spreading the word about heart disease. Heart disease causes damage to the heart and the blood vessels that carry blood to and from the heart. Undiagnosed, misdiagnosed, or untreated heart disease is a major cause of heart attacks, especially in women, who may not experience any symptoms of heart disease before an attack occurs.
According to the American Heart Association, it’s never a bad idea to get a second doctor’s opinion if you are unsure that your first physician has correctly diagnosed your heart disease or is offering sufficient treatment and prevention options for it. This is especially true if you have several risk factors for heart disease, including a family history of heart problems. Since heart disease can lead to several serious health consequences, including premature death, getting a second opinion may mean the difference between a long, healthy life and disability or death.
If caught early, heart disease can be prevented or kept from getting worse by lifestyle changes, medications, and surgery designed to keep the heart moving and the blood vessels clear. If it’s ignored or overlooked, however, heart disease can cause serious consequences, including heart attacks, blood clots, and other conditions.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a doctor’s failure to diagnose or treat heart disease, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Southfield medical malpractice attorneys at Lipton Law. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (248) 557-1688.