The proper medical treatment for an individual’s heart attack can only be determined by a physician.  It is important to seek the advice of a physician whom you trust, and to seek a second opinion quickly if you have any concerns about the treatment plan proposed by the first physician. 

Generally, some treatment for a heart attack* may begin even before a diagnosis is made and can include things such as oxygen, aspirin and nitroglycerin.  Once a heart attack is diagnosed, drugs such as beta blockers, thrombolytics, ACE inhibitors and others may be prescribed.  Medical procedures such as angioplasty and coronary artery bypass grafting may also be necessary.

Early treatment can prevent serious heart damage and fatalities.  If a doctor’s failure to diagnose a heart attack or failure to treat a heart attack caused you physical injuries or killed your loved one, then you may be entitled to damages. 

Contact an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice attorney today for more information about your rights.  We can be reached at 770.518.1133 or via our online contact form.  We also invite you to read our free report about heart conditions and medical conditions, The Heart Report: Common Diseases and Medical Errors.

*Source: National Institutes of Health, National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, Diseases and Conditions Index, Heart Attack