The standard model for diagnosis of cardiovascular disease often doesn’t fit women. Here are some common medical missteps to look for in a malpractice case.
What is a woman’s medical malprac- tice case? Most people think of a failure to diagnose breast cancer, delayed cesarean section, or the unnecessary removal of a woman’s uterus.
But what about cases beyond a woman’s reproductive organs? Does malpractice occur because of medical bias? Do doctors treat men and women differently when they display the same set of symptoms? Do men and women ever experience different symptoms of the same disease? The answer to these questions is a resounding yes. Doc- tors’ gender-based assumptions about their female patients can lead to errors in diag- nosis and treatment—and life-threatening consequences for women. This problem is perhaps most evident in cases involving women with heart disease.