Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, and New York is not exempt. Since heart disease is such a serious public health concern, governments and the medical profession have developed rules, procedures, and policies about the health phenomenon. And of course as you know, the medical profession has specialists that which focus solely on heart care; cardiologists. With that said, many other types of medical professionals, such as general practitioners, must know how to treat a cardiac patient.
Experienced medical malpractice attorneys within and around the Hudson Valley regions of New York have encountered many cases in which the heart disease patient was treated negligently; the patient will either have been misdiagnosed, negligently undiagnosed, and or negligently treated such as failing to manage a patient’s risk factors for acquiring heart disease.
Perhaps the latter is a good place to focus. Preventative care is perhaps the best way to keep a patient healthy and it saves millions in heath care costs and expenses. Therefore, it is imperative to treat a patient properly so that heart disease does not develop. If a medical professional did not manage a patient’s obesity properly, perform stress tests, monitor blood pressure properly, fail to treat high cholesterol properly, then there may be grounds for a medical malpractice claim. In short, the patient’s medical needs were mismanaged.
Often times, these conditions are not treated because the doctor failed to diagnose the patient properly. Signs of heart distress are varied and it includes more than just experiencing chest pain. Nonetheless, heart disease has been mistaken for heart burn or anxiety. Fatigue, lost sleep, difficulty breathing, all of which that can be a sign of heart distress that is nonetheless commonly overlooked.
Let us not forget cardiatric malpractice that which occurs during heart surgery. A simple, yet preventable mistake can cause a heart surgery patient to suffer death. Short of death, patients can suffer collapsed vein and or vein blockage due to a negligently placed stent.
Failure to administer an EKG when a doctor should have done such, or improperly administering an EKG exam can be the cause of cardiatric malpractice as well. If a patient’s heart distress could have and should have been detected by administering an EKG, the offending medical professional can be held liable for all the patients subsequent injuries and even for the patient’s death. Even improperly medicating a patient can be the source of cardiatric malpractice.
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