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April 2015

Ruling Out Heart Attacks With A Blood Test

By | April 14th, 2015|Heart Attack, Medical Malpractice|

Heart attacks, also called myocardial infarction (or MI), are a leading cause of death in the United States. A simple blood test to test for cardiac enzymes can quickly (within 1 hour) and effectively establish whether emergency treatment for MI is necessary, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The Canadian [...]

January 2014

Surviving Heart Attacks May Depend On When They Occur

By | January 27th, 2014|Heart Attack, Medical Malpractice|

Heart attacks remain a leading cause of death in the U.S.  Despite being common, a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) shows that emergency rooms are less prepared to deal with hearts attacks when they occur on weekends, evenings and holidays.  Should a patient's life depend on whether they are lucky enough [...]

November 2012

Prompt Response to Heart Attacks Needed

By | November 20th, 2012|Heart Attack, Medical Malpractice|

Heart attacks remain one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.  Much attention has been given to prevention of heart attacks through diet, exercise and smoking cessation.  Despite these efforts, heart attacks still happen in abundance.  More attention is needed on what to do when a heart attack happens. The key to surviving heart [...]

July 2012

The Overuse of Heart Stents

By | July 10th, 2012|Medical Malpractice|

Cardiac stents can be life-saving devices when used judiciously.  However, evidence is mounting that this lucrative procedure is being overused by physicians, both in Ohio and nationally.  When complications arise out of use of an unnecessary stent procedure, and harm results, a potential claim for medical malpractice may exist under Ohio law. The New York [...]

March 2012

CT Angiography is a Valuable Tool for Ruling Out Heart Attacks

By | March 27th, 2012|Medical Malpractice|

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirms that CT angiography is effective in ruling out acute coronary syndromes, such as heart attack (also called myocardial infarction or MI).  The test allows emergency physicians to safely discharge low to intermediate risk patients suspected of a potential heart attack in most cases.  Delays [...]

Delayed Diagnosis of Heart Attack

By | March 23rd, 2012|Medical Malpractice|

One common type of medical negligence in Ohio involves a delay in diagnosis of an impending or early heart attack.  Young people and women are particularly prone to misdiagnosis as physicians remain biased that this is a disease of smokers or older, overweight males.  To combat these diagnostic biases, and the often fatal outcomes that come [...]

February 2012

Risk of Death from Heart Attacks Higher for Ohio Women

By | February 22nd, 2012|Medical Malpractice|

A recent study published by the American Heart Association shows that mortality rates are higher for women in Ohio who have a heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI).  The reason for this is that women are less likely than men to present with classic findings of chest pain.  We have long known that physician bias results [...]

September 2011

Medical Malpractice – Don’t Assume it’s a Heart Attack!

By | September 5th, 2011|Medical Malpractice|

Medical malpractice claims due to negligence in treating a possible heart attack are the subject of significant litigation. Degree of chest pain is not always a good indicator of whether a patient seen in the emergency department of a hospital has experienced a myocardial infarction - a heart attack, or how much damage to the [...]

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