When a heart attack is suspected, the next course of action is to perform an electrocardiogram or EKG, together with a test for cardiac enzymes. When any of these investigations is lacking, despite clear signs of a heart attack, a medical malpractice claim is justified.
As mentioned earlier, most of the people who end up suffering from heart attacks report feeling chest pains. The pain comes from the heart as its muscles start lacking enough oxygen. Therefore, when a patient comes to the emergency room with such a symptom, the first thing that ought to be done by the medical practitioner on duty is a thorough review of the person’s history.
When a heart attack is suspected, the next course of action is to perform an electrocardiogram or EKG. The purpose of this is to establish the exact source of pain. To ensure accuracy, the examination should be done more than once over a period of hours.
Thirdly, a test for cardiac enzymes should be conducted. These are proteins that are re-released by dying heart cells. The fact that these enzymes are at a normal level should not rule out a heart attack case. In normal cases, the level of these enzymes only rises 3-4 hours after an attack begins. Therefore, another test should be conducted six hours after the first one. When any of these investigations is lacking, a medical malpractice case is justified.
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