A man in his 40s began to have serious chest pains while he was at work. The pain was so bad that one of his co-workers called the paramedics to take him to the hospital. After being transported to the hospital a history was taken of the patient. His history revealed that he had been a smoker for a long time. In addition, both of his parents had experienced heart attacks and heart disease was a serious problem in his family.
While at the hospital a work up of the patient was began. A cardiologist ordered an EKG to be done and a stress test. Both of these tests resulted in normal readings. With that said, a diagnostic cardiac catheterization was noted, but was never scheduled for the patient. The patient was released from the hospital with no further instructions.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and the patient suffered from a massive heart attack and died. After an autopsy was completed, it was determined that he was indeed suffering from coronary heart disease, a condition which could have been detected by the cardiac catheterization.
If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack because your history was not taken into consideration along with your EKG and stress test results, and you would like to speak to someone further about this, we invite you to give us a call. We can be reached at 301-850-4832. We answer questions like yours all the time regarding Maryland law and we would be glad to listen to your story.