Cardiovascular disease, more commonly known as heart disease, is Australia’s biggest killer. According to The Heart Foundation, one Australian has a heart attack every 10 minutes, and coronary heart disease claims the life of one Australian every 27 minutes.
What constitutes a cardiac injury?
The word “cardiac” means related to the heart and a cardiac injury is any injury that affects the heart. A cardiac injury related to medical malpractice or mismanagement could be a delayed diagnosis of a hole in the heart or mismanagement of a patient’s heart health during surgery. It could also be a misdiagnosis of a heart attack due to the fact that, for example, heart attack symptoms in women and heart attack symptoms in men can differ. For instance, women’s symptoms can sometimes be harder to recognise. Read more information about the symptoms here.
When is someone else at fault?
Someone else is at fault when medical treatment is not provided to the standard expected. For instance, when a heart attack is misdiagnosed, there was a delay in treatment or another failure to treat the condition adequately.
Common heart problems
Apart from heart disease and heart attacks, there are a number of conditions that can affect the heart. Coarctation of the aorta is a narrowing of the heart’s blood vessel, with high blood pressure the most common symptom. An atrial septal defect is a birth defect that causes a hole in the heart’s upper chamber walls, while a ventricular septal defect affects the heart’s lower chambers. Arterial dissection is a tear along the inside wall of the artery that can lead to a stroke. The Heart Foundation has more information about what can go wrong with your heart.
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