Maryland medical malpractice attorney Marcus Boston explains how a patient sustained a stroke from an undiagnosed atrial fibrillation and hyperthyroidism. The patient had seen an internist for a long time and did not have many complaints.
However, the patient’s blood pressure during one visit was elevated over her baseline. The doctor indicated that they would monitor the patient’s blood pressure and scheduled the patient for a follow up visit in 4 weeks.
At the next visit, the patient’s blood pressure was even higher than the previous visit. The patient was given medication and asked to return in a couple of months. Before the next appointment, the patient began to develop right facial dropping, weakness on the right side of her body, and began to not make sense while speaking at home.
She was brought to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with a stroke. EKG revealed atrial fibrillation. After reviewing her medical records and past lab reports ordered by the internist, it was discovered that the patient showed elevated thyroid hormone levels, which were never communicated to the patient.
So why am I sharing this very important information with you today? Because your doctor may have not informed you of risk signs associated with your condition. Your doctor may have missed some blatant signs that you were in danger. Here’s what you do, pick up the phone and give me a call at 301-850-4832. Or, if you would like, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We answer questions like yours regarding Maryland medical malpractice all the time and would be glad to hear your story.