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Cardiovascular disorders, also known as heart disease and cardiovascular disease, are a category of heart conditions which are extremely common in the U.S. In fact, studies show that up to 25% of deaths in the country are the result of some type of cardiovascular disorder. Not only that, but taking into account both men and women, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. For this reason, both patients and medical doctors alike need to ensure that they are vigilantly on the lookout for symptoms and possible warning signs.
A misdiagnosis or failure to treat the condition in a timely matter could make the patient into another tragic statistic. Please continue reading to learn more about the most common types of cardiovascular disorders.
Every year, there are over half a million Americans diagnosed with heart failure. With an estimated 5 million people in the U.S. affected with this condition, it is far from rare. So what exactly is heart failure? First of all, even though heart failure can appear suddenly, it is actually a chronic condition. Heart failure can be isolated to one side of the heart, but more often it affects both sides. There are two main types of heart failure: systolic and diastolic. Systolic heart failure involves the heart muscles being unable to pump blood out of the heart as it should. Diastolic heart failure means that the muscles of the heart are stiff, causing them to be unable to fill up with blood.
As blood is not able to be pumped throughout the body, it can lead to further complications, such as congestive heart failure. In turn, blood can back up in places it should not, such as the lungs, liver, arms, and legs.
It is estimated that every year, 785,000 people in the U.S. will suffer from their first heart attack. On top of this, a further 470,000 who have already had a heart attack will suffer from another such incident. In order for the heart to function properly, it needs a constant supply of blood. When this blood flow is interrupted for some reason, the result can be a heart attack. Over time, plaque can build up in the arteries. In response, the blood can begin to clot around the buildup and lead to even more blockage. When a portion of the heart is not receiving the blood supply it needs, it can result in the tissue dying. Scar tissue will appear in its place and the damage will be permanent.
Coronary Heart Disease
Also known as coronary artery disease, coronary heart disease involves the vessels which bring blood to the heart shrinking. This can lead to other complications such as heart attacks, but is also dangerous in and of itself. Over the years, a plaque substance can form in the arteries from fat and other materials. This can not only cause blockages in the arteries, but a hardening of the arteries as well. Although there are some causes of coronary heart disease which cannot be avoided, such as genes and age, there are other causes which could increase your risk of heart disease. For example, if you suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure, this is something you need to be on the lookout for. Smoking, obesity, drug abuse, high cholesterol, lack of exercise, and kidney disease could also lead to coronary heart disease.
The Role of Medical Malpractice
As cardiovascular disorders are so common, doctors have no excuse when it comes to overlooking the possible symptoms like angina There are certain tests which a doctor can use to determine is the patient is suffering from a heart issue, including an ECG (electrocardiogram), an angiogram, or an exercise stress test. If the doctor fails to use administer these tests or misinterprets the results of the test, they could be held liable for negligence. If they were aware of the complications, but failed to treat it properly or in a timely manner, they could also be held liable.
If you have more questions, please get in touch with a Long Island cardiovascular disease lawyer from the Law Offices of Joseph M. Lichtenstein, PC. We have over 60 years of combined experience in these types of cases. Call our firm today for aggressive representation in your case!