Cases of clinical negligence involving Cardiac Arrest, Heart Attack & Angina Misdiagnosis

Common types of heart condition

It’s vital that heart conditions are diagnosed as soon as possible, to ensure that treatment is administered immediately, thereby avoiding further health damage or even death. Some of the more common heart conditions are:

Heart attack

According to the British Heart Foundation, an estimated 50,000 men and 32,000 women have a heart attack each year in England alone. It is a serious medical emergency in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot. Treatments include using medication to dissolve blood clots and performing surgery to help restore blood to the heart.

Cardiac arrest

A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body, leading to sudden loss of consciousness and cessation or irregularity of breathing. The most common cause is an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). Emergency treatment of cardiac arrest generally requires the use of a defibrillator to provide an electric shock.


Angina refers to a chest pain that is felt when the blood supply to the muscles of the heart is restricted, often caused by coronary heart disease. Once angina has been diagnosed, doctors can advise changing lifestyle behaviours to prevent it worsening or leading to a heart attack. Medications may also be offered.

The importance of diagnosing heart problems quickly

Failure or delay in reaching the correct diagnosis of heart conditions and subsequent delay in treatment can lead to a worsening of the problem or even prove fatal. Unfortunately angina and heart attacks are sometimes diagnosed incorrectly as indigestion or other less serious disorders. Even if they are correctly diagnosed, surgical errors can cause other health complications, as can inadequate rehabilitation following vascular or cardiothoracic surgery.

Claiming compensation for failure to diagnose heart problems

The clinical negligence team at CH Legal has a significant amount of experience of dealing with cases involving misdiagnosis or delays in diagnosis of cardiac arrests, heart attacks and angina. We can advise you on any potential claim you may have and the best way to proceed. For more information, contact Rukhsana Arif or phone 0845 4786 354.