Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year. That’s roughly 6 million people in a decade, which is equivalent to the entire population of El Salvador or Paraguay.

Cardiologists are medical doctors who specialize in the treatment of conditions related to the cardiovascular system, including the heart, arteries, and veins. There are strict medical license requirements that must be met before allowing a cardiologist to practice medicine and treat patients.

Cardiologist malpractice in the U.S.

There are about 40,000 cardiologists working in the U.S. to treat patients diagnosed with heart problems and prevent deaths related to medical conditions in the cardiovascular system.

“While it cannot be said that all deaths from heart disease are preventable, many of them are, which is why there is an ever-increasing number of medical malpractice lawsuits against cardiologists who failed to provide appropriate care and treatment, which led to complications or even death,” says our Philadelphia cardiology malpractice attorney at The Weitz Firm, LLC.

Cardiology malpractice lawsuits are rising

A report cited by Cardiovascular Business in 2018 showed that cardiology-related medical malpractice lawsuits were up more than 90 percent from a decade ago. More disturbingly, the number of medical malpractice suits against cardiologists continue to climb each year. Researchers explain this phenomenon by arguing that there has been a rise of “defensive medicine,” which is the practice of cardiologists and other doctors treating their patients in a way to avoid liability rather than providing the most beneficial and high-quality medical care.

At the same time, the quality of healthcare in the U.S. is declining at an exponential rate due to this “defensive medicine” strategy. It is no secret that many acute coronary symptoms and signs of cardiovascular problems are often misdiagnosed as stomach problems.

Symptoms of heart disease

Our experienced cardiology malpractice attorney in Philadelphia has outlined the most common symptoms of heart disease to watch out for:

  • Blood pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Burning in the chest area
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating and
  • Palpitations (racing heart)

When you go to a cardiologist with any of these symptoms, but the cardiologist fails to give importance to your complaints or delays diagnosis or treatment, that cardiologist is breaching his or her duty of care. In Pennsylvania, medical professionals must adhere to the accepted standards of care and ensure the patient’s safety.

Types of cardiology malpractice

Failure to diagnose a heart disease is not the only form of cardiology malpractice, as other types of this medical malpractice include but are not limited to:

  • Misdiagnosis, failure to make a diagnosis, delayed diagnosis
  • Failure to give importance to a heart attack, stroke, or other signs of cardiovascular problems
  • Medical and surgical errors during heart surgery
  • Implanting a stent when it is not necessary
  • Providing negligent care when treating heart disease
  • Improperly implanting a stent
  • Failure to properly monitor a patient with a heart problem
  • Failure to follow up
  • Failure to properly coordinate treatment plans
  • Failure to minimize the risk of heart disease or complications
  • Failure to prescribe appropriate drugs and medications to treat heart disease
  • Offering negligent post-operative care after heart surgery
  • Failure to order appropriate diagnostic tests and
  • Failure to correctly read and interpret medical tests (for example, the Electrocardiogram, also known as EKG or ECG)

Proving that your cardiologist committed medical malpractice may not be as easy as it seems, which is why it is highly advised to consult with a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer to get an aggressive and results-driven attorney working on your case to recover damages on your behalf. Schedule a free consultation with our lawyers at The Weitz Firm, LLC, by calling at 267-587-6240.

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