Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 864,000 lives were lost to heart disease in 2005. Some of them were caused by cardiology malpractice.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder PC, represent the estates of those who died because of the negligence of a cardiologist or other health care professional. We also represent victims of cardiology malpractice who survive.
Sometimes interventional cardiologists will insert a stent or scaffolding to open a blood vessel and because of negligence the stent will become blocked causing a heart attack. When a stent is defective or not adequately deployed serious injuries can result.
Failure to Treat Risk Factors
Our law firm has prevailed in cases against primary care physicians who failed to deal with chest pain or patient risk factors for heart disease, like high cholesterol, obesity and smoking or diabetes. Medication errors, failure to perform a stress test or even simple blood pressure monitoring can all result in a heart attack that did not have to happen.
Misdiagnosis of Serious Heart Conditions
Many cardiology malpractice cases involve a misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a heart attack in the office or in an emergency room setting. Far too frequently, people complaining of the symptoms of heart attack are sent home where they subsequently suffer a myocardial infarction and die.
Gastrointestinal distress is a common symptom of heart attack that is frequently misdiagnosed as heart burn. Women are more likely to experience vague symptoms like sleep disturbances, shortness of breath and fatigue. Yet many doctors overlook these symptoms and only look for “classic” heart attack symptoms, like chest pains.
People with diabetes are at higher risk for heart disease, yet they, too, are under-diagnosed. Even serious heart conditions are highly treatable — if the problem is correctly diagnosed.
When a heart problem is caught in time, a surgeon error during a cardiac procedure can cause unnecessary injuries and wrongful death. Our law firm has been successful in surgical malpractice cases involving cardiac patients.
If you or a loved one suffered harm because of cardiology malpractice, please contact us to arrange a free initial consultation. From offices in Bridgeport and New Haven, Connecticut, our medical malpractice lawyers represent clients throughout the state.