Untreated hypertension can result in extensive damage to blood vessels and major organs such as the heart, kidneys, brain and lungs, which is why it is important that high blood pressure is detected and treated in a timely fashion. The Chicago high blood pressure attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented numerous clients following the misdiagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure resulting in severe injuries or medical conditions. It is the duty of every doctor to perform checks on every patient’s vital signs in order to detect conditions that could have an impact on the overall health of the patient and there is no excuse for the misdiagnosis of high blood pressure, considering how simple blood pressure tests are to perform.
Hypertensive Crises and their Impact on Health
Most patients with hypertension are at risk of suffering from cardiovascular conditions resulting from damage to the blood vessels over time, but when blood pressure is elevated to an extreme level, it can pose an immediate threat to survival. There are two classifications that hospitals will give to hypertensive crises and the response for each is different. The types of crisis and recommended responses follow below.
- Hypertensive urgency. If the patient is experiencing a spike in blood pressure without any damage to vital organs and it is determined that his or her blood pressure can be brought to normal levels safely over the next several hours, medications are administered to slowly bring blood pressure to a safe level. Bringing a patient’s blood pressure down too quickly can result in severe complications.
- Hypertensive emergency. When evidence is present that the patient is undergoing organ failure due to severely elevated blood pressure, he or she must be admitted to the intensive care unit immediately. Medications are used to bring the patient’s blood pressure down in a controlled fashion while he or she is monitored closely for signs of distress which may require immediate intervention.
Symptoms of Hypertensive Distress
If a patient is suffering from extreme hypertension, he or she will exhibit key symptoms that should trigger doctors or hospital staff to assess the patient for high blood pressure. These symptoms include intense pain in the chest, swelling, seizures, shortness of breath, anxiety and bleeding from the eyes. If these symptoms are present, every minute counts when delivering treatment. The failure to provide treatment will result in severe damage to internal organs, including to the heart, brain, kidneys, lungs and liver.
There is also a strong link between hypertension and the buildup of fluid in the brain and the failure to treat a hypertensive emergency can ultimately result in stroke or extensive brain damage. The damage can be catastrophic, as victims may lose access to normal cognitive functions and require assistive care for the rest of their lives.
Conditions Resulting from Untreated Hypertension
Our Chicago hypertension lawyers have encountered numerous victims of poor medical treatment whose conditions could have been prevented with prompt detection and treatment of their high blood pressure. The conditions that have been associated with undiagnosed high blood pressure include, but are not limited to the following.
- Pulmonary edema, which is classified as a buildup of fluid in the lungs.
- Confusion, loss of concentration, or loss of consciousness.
- Congestive heart failure or heart attack.
- Hemorrhaging in the brain, resulting in stroke, edema or intracerebral hemorrhage.
- Aortic dissection, which occurs when the walls of the aorta separate.
- Aneurysm, which is classified as a bulge in a damaged blood vessel that threatens to rupture and can cause internal bleeding, heart attack or stroke.
- Hemorrhagic stroke.
The failure of any physician to act reasonably and to respond in a timely manner to a medical emergency can be considered medical negligence and if you are the victim of a doctor’s failure to provide a prompt diagnosis or treatment of your hypertension, you may be entitled to compensation so that you may cover the cost of your medical treatment, out of pocket expenses, lost wages and opportunities, pain and suffering and long term therapy or assistive care. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are the most trusted lawyers in Illinois, having successfully recovered compensation for thousands of clients who were the victims of medical malpractice or negligence.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our Chicago high blood pressure attorneys where we can evaluate your case and inform you about the legal options available to you. You will not be required to provide any payment upfront as we only collect attorney’s fees when we’ve successfully secured compensation on behalf of our clients. Therefore, you can be confident that you will not owe us a thing if we fail to recover compensation on your behalf.