A Connecticut doctor who suspects that a patient has heart disease will run the patient through a variety of tests. These tests will create a comprehensive picture of an individual’s heart health as there is no single test to diagnose the condition. In addition to testing, a doctor will look at a patient’s family history and individual risk factors when making a diagnosis.
One common test that an individual may be put through is a stress test. This is designed to increase a person’s heart rate, which correspondingly increases the need for blood and oxygen through the heart. A patient who is unable to exercise may be given medication to increase the heart rate. A patient who after such a test has increased blood pressure, chest pain or shortness of breath may be exhibiting signs of heart disease.
A chest X-ray may be used to look directly at the heart and other organs inside of a person’s body. A doctor may be able to see if there are any issues reflected in such examination that may indicate a health problem. Blood tests may also be done to look for excess levels of fat or cholesterol, which could be a sign of heart disease.
If a patient suffers a serious injury, medical complications or death due to a doctor’s misdiagnosis of heart disease or any other condition, there may be grounds for legal action as a result. In many cases, such a case of doctor negligence could result in the patient requiring lengthy and expensive medical care and treatment. Those who are in this situation may wish to speak to a medical malpractice attorney to learn about the options that may be available.