How Common are Female Heart Attack Misdiagnoses in New York?

It is always easy to know when someone is having a heart attack on TV or in the movies. The actor, who is usually male, clutches his chest and falls to the floor as someone else contacts 911.

That may be an accurate portrayal of on-screen heart attacks, but it is not always an accurate portrayal of real-life heart attacks. Often the symptoms of a heart attack are more subtle, especially in women, and doctors fail to correctly diagnose the condition until it is too late.

Why is the Misdiagnosis of Heart Attacks in Women a Problem?

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, women are more likely than men to suffer heart attacks, and they are often misdiagnosed or not treated as aggressively as men are for the same condition. As a result, only 62% of women survive their first attack, as compared to 75% of men.

Female Heart Attack Misdiagnosis in New York

While it is easy to see that there is a problem from the national statistics comparing men and women who have had heart attacks, New York has some of the best hospitals in the country. Is the diagnosis and treatment of female heart attacks a problem in New York? Yes.

According to the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease's 2011 statistics*, both New York State and New York City have a higher rate of female heart attack deaths than the national average. The national fatality rate is 351, New York's rate is 413 and New York City's rate is 477.

What to do if You or a Loved One Has Suffered From a Heart Attack Misdiagnosis

If you, or your wife, mother, daughter or sister, have suffered an injury from a heart attack misdiagnosis then you may be entitled to damages. Please call an experienced New York medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your rights and your potential recovery.

You can reach a knowledgeable and compassionate New York medical malpractice attorney by calling The Pagan Law Firm at 1-800-PAGAN-911.

*Source: National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, 2011 Heart Disease in Women Ages 35+ (State Statistics), New York and New York City