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Detecting cardiomyopathy

Nov 6, 2017 | Failure to Diagnose

People in New York who have cardiomyopathy may not exhibit symptoms of the disease, which is why it is essential to know how to identify someone who may have a high likelihood of developing the condition. In some cases, there may be no symptoms or signs in the early stages of the disease, but the indications of heart failure may become obvious as the heart begin to deteriorate.

Some symptoms and signs of cardiomyopathy include having difficulty with breathing, particularly when one is physically exerting oneself. In addition to fatigue, swollen ankles, legs, abdomen, feet and veins in the neck are other important indications.

Individuals should also be concerned when someone is having heart murmurs, irregular heartbeats or is light-headed. Collapsing during a physical activity and having chest pains after eating a heavy meal or being physically active are also warning signs.

To diagnose cardiomyopathy, a physician will consider a patient’s medical and family backgrounds. The results of tests and a physical exam are also taken into account. It may be necessary to be examined by a cardiologist or a pediatric cardiologist who is specially trained in heart diseases.

When obtaining the medical and family history of a patient, the physician will inquire about any symptoms and signs the patient may be experiencing and will ask if anyone in the patient’s family has suffered from heart failure, sudden cardiac arrest or cardiomyopathy. A stethoscope will be used to detect any sounds in the heart and lungs that may indicate cardiomyopathy. Blood tests, chest x-rays, an electrocardiogram and other diagnostic tests may be conducted.

Individuals whose physicians fail to accurately diagnose their cardiomyopathy or any other potentially fatal disease may be a victim of medical malpractice. A medical malpractice attorney may file lawsuits alleging negligent medical treatment that resulted in a worsened condition.