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In some circumstances, a delayed heart attack diagnosis may cause issues such as prolonged pain, heart failure, longer recovery periods, and fatalities. 
A patient may have a poor history and might not present properly on examination, an inadequate assessment may have previously been carried out, the symptoms may have been confused with indigestion or heartburn, or test results could have been incorrectly interpreted. 
As with most medical negligence claims, you have three years from the date you received negligent treatment, or the date you became aware there was negligence. 
The two main types of heart attack are: 
  • ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), and 
  • Non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). 
STEMI occurs when there is a total blockage of a coronary artery. NSTEMI, which is more common, is a partial blockage of one or more coronary arteries. Both result in serious damage to the heart muscle. 
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