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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control reveal that 600,000 people in the United States die each year from heart disease. Aside from heart disease, there are a number of other cardiac related deaths that can be avoided every year. Unfortunately, thousands of people suffer and die every year from avoidable heart conditions due to the negligence of paramedics, emergency room physicians and cardiologists.
Cardiologists are physicians who specialize in the treatment of the cardiovascular system, which includes the heart, arteries and veins. Cardiologists are called upon more than any other doctor to treat heart problems. Generally accepted medical standards require cardiologists to perform particular tests when a patients presents with symptoms of heart disease. Failing to perform these tests when there is clear evidence of heart disease could lead to wrongful death or irreversible health problems.
Common Types of Cardiac Conditions
A cardiologists that is practicing according to acceptable standards of medical care should be able to correctly diagnose a condition based on a person’s symptoms. Three of the most common types of cardiac conditions include:
Arrhythmia: Arrhythmia involves an irregular heartbeat. In many cases, this condition is not fatal. Some of the most common symptoms associated with arrhythmia, however include discomfort or pain in the chest, dizziness, fainting, fatigue, feeling light-headed, lack of energy, palpitations, shortness of breath, and weakness.
Coronary Disease: This condition occurs when a person’s arteries become narrowed or blocked. Some of the most common symptoms associated with coronary disease include dizziness, increased heartbeat, nausea, palpitations, shortness of breath, and sweating.
Heart Attacks: In situations in which a person’s heart is cut off from a blood supply or a person’s heart becomes significantly larger than its blood supply, heart attacks are likely to occur. Some of the symptoms commonly associated with heart attacks include anxiety, discomfort in the arm, breast bone or chest, extreme weakness, nausea, shortness of breath, sweating, and vomiting.
Symptoms of Medical Malpractice
Some heart conditions can be life-threatening, which means that a person often places trust in medical professionals to provide potentially life-saving medical treatment. Sometimes, however, physicians, nurses and other medical providers fail to meet the most minimum standard or care. Some of the most common ways in which cardiology patients are harmed by medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose heart attack
- Failure to diagnose a stroke
- Failure to Diagnose Heart Arrhythmia
- Failure to Diagnose Pulmonary Embolism
- Failure to Diagnose Aortic Dissection
- Failure to diagnose coronary heart disease;
- Failure to timely perform an angioplasty;
- Errors that occur during heart surgery
- Failure to appropriately monitor a patient
- Failure to correctly interpret an EKG or stress test
- Failure to prescribe appropriate medication
- Implanting an unneeded stent
- Errors in treating heart disease
- Improper stent placement
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For over 35 years, the legal counsel at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan has helped clients navigate the many complicated issues that arise in medical malpractice cases. Our legal counsel knows what it takes to create a strong legal strategy to navigate the claim process and get you the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been impacted by cardiology malpractice, do not hesitate to contact our law office.
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