Denver High Blood Pressure Misdiagnosis Attorneys
What Happens When Patients With High Blood Pressure Are Given Incorrect Medication?
Incorrectly taking high blood pressure medication when an individual has high blood pressure may lead to devastating consequences. A recent study found that approximately 20% of patients had been misdiagnosed with high blood pressure, leading to them taking medication that was not needed.
This is because medical professionals still seek to rely on manual blood pressure measurements to determine a patient's hypertension diagnosis. This method of testing has been proven inaccurate, meaning both healthy and unhealthy people may be misdiagnosed.
A doctor’s misdiagnosis may place additional strain on blood vessels, affecting the brain, kidneys, and eyes. It can also increase a patient’s risk of heart attacks.
The Negative Medical Consequences When Not Diagnosed
Misdiagnosis of high blood pressure causing a delay in treatment can cause a patient serious harm. If a doctor fails to undertake the relevant measures to test for high blood pressure, severe health issues and permanent damage can arise. The medical consequences of misdiagnosis include:
- Hypertension leading to heart attacks
- Congestive heart failure
- A build-up of fluid in the lungs
- Kidney disease
Medical professionals recognise that every minute is vital. If blood pressure is brought down too fast, other medical consequences can arise and if it is brought down too slowly, this can also result in further medical consequences.
Studies also reflect that there is a strong link between fluid build-up in the brain and hypertension which may result in long-term brain damage or stroke.
Proving Damages for Misdiagnosed High Blood Pressure
If a person suffers complications due to a misdiagnosis for high blood pressure, the physician responsible for the diagnosis may be held accountable for medical malpractice. The key component in acquiring damages is proving negligence on behalf of the physician. Demonstrating negligence requires the plaintiff to establish that the defendant had a duty of care to the patient.
Why You Need an Experienced Denver Medical Malpractice Attorney
High blood pressure presents severe health risks and conditions. If you or someone you love has experienced malpractice by a physician, hospital or nursing home, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
In this stressful time, Denver medical malpractice lawyers at Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. are here to advise you, and support getting you the full extent of compensation possible. Please contact us at (303) 759-9945.
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