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It is an undisputed fact that heart attacks are the leading cause of death in this country. Every year, 1.5 million heart attacks occur in the United States, killing about 500,000 people.
With millions of Americans being affected by heart disease, it is the responsibility of the medical community – be it doctors, healthcare providers or emergency room physicians – to spot the telltale signs of heart disease in the patients they examine. While it's not always easy to diagnose heart disease, the shocking fact is that tens of thousands die every year in the United States because of failure to diagnose heart disease or mistaking heart disease for another condition. Unfortunately, it happens too often and mostly, it happens in emergency rooms.
One in 50 heart attack victims are mistakenly sent home by emergency room doctors, according to results of a study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in April 2000. Several other studies have documented higher rates of missed or wrong heart attack diagnosis.
Experts say they don't know the exact number of cases where physicians have failed to diagnose heart disease, but say it is enough to cause concern. It has caused unspeakable tragedy to thousands of families who see loved ones die unnecessary deaths caused by a physician's negligence or incompetence.