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Study says chest pain severity is not a heart attack indicator

Approximately 30 percent of medical malpractice payments are made to victims of a wrongly diagnosed heart attack.  Furthermore, around 2 to 5 percent of patients experiencing a heart attack at a hospital are inappropriately sent home because hospital staff failed to recognize that they were having a heart attack.

A recent study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine found that chest pain severity is not an indicator of heart attack.  In addition, researchers found that chest pain duration was not an indicator either.

The study analyzed the severity of the pain and the duration of the pain experienced by 3,300 patients entering the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with chest pain.  Researchers followed the patients for 30 days after their arrival at the hospital.

In examining the patients, the researchers concluded that patients experiencing more severe chest pain were not more likely to suffer a heart attack than patients experiencing less severe chest pain.  Also, patients experiencing longer-lasting chest pain were not more likely to suffer a heart attack than patients experiencing chest pain for shorter durations.

If someone you love has been the victim of a wrong diagnosis or other form of medical malpractice, contact the Champaign personal injury lawyers of Bruno Law Offices by calling 217-328-6000 today.

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