failure-to-diagnose-heart-attacks-infographic

Each year, approximately 7 million people enter an emergency room with heart attack symptoms. More specifically, 4.6 million patients present at emergency departments each year for chest pain. Approximately 1.5 million of those people are suffering from a heart attack and 30% of these patients do not survive. Statistics show that the “missed” heart attack rate is between 2% and 8%, consistently making this one of the top reasons for medical malpractice litigation against emergency physicians.

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