Cardiovascular Disease

Closed claim studies involving the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular disease

  • Failure to follow up on CT scan

    Failure to follow up on CT scan

    On May 1, 2013, a 69-year-old man came to the ED with worsening shortness of breath. The patient’s history included smoking, COPD, and an occluded right coronary artery.

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  • Failure to monitor patient’s INR

    Failure to monitor patient’s INR

    A 65-year-old man began seeing Family Physician A for treatment of high cholesterol and bronchitis. Over the next two years, the patient was seen for routine care.

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  • Failure to properly treat

    Failure to properly treat

    A 74-year-old woman visited Cardiologist A with symptoms of congestive heart failure.

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  • Failure to diagnose and treat acute coronary artery syndrome

    Failure to diagnose and treat acute coronary artery syndrome

    A 43-year-old man came to the ED of a metropolitan hospital reporting chest pain, dizziness, diaphoresis, shortness of breath, and pain going down his arms.

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  • Failure to insist on EMS transport

    Failure to insist on EMS transport

    At 8:30 a.m., a patient’s wife called her husband’s family physician and requested an appointment because her husband was experiencing chest pain.

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  • Failure to diagnose and treat thrombosis

    Failure to diagnose and treat thrombosis

    A 66-year-old man came to his internist reporting shortness of breath and chest pain for three to four weeks.

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  • Failure to diagnose myocardial infarction

    Failure to diagnose myocardial infarction

    A 66-year-old man came to the ED at 9:11 p.m. with chest pain. He was triaged at 9:14 p.m.

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  • Failure to treat myocardial infarction

    Failure to treat myocardial infarction

    A 62-year-old man came to the ED of a local hospital reporting pain in the “chest wall area.”

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  • Failure to diagnose myocardial infarction 2

    Failure to diagnose myocardial infarction 2

    A 57-year-old man came to the ED by ambulance after developing chest tightness and shortness of breath followed by a syncopal episode.

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  • Failure to properly manage resuscitation efforts

    Failure to properly manage resuscitation efforts

    An 8-year-old girl with a history of a congenital bicuspid aortic valve and aortic stenosis was scheduled for restorative dental work for dental decay/cavities.

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  • Failure to monitor patient during stress test

    Failure to monitor patient during stress test

    A woman in her early 60s was referred to a cardiologist for chest pain and dyspnea on exertion.

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  • Informed refusal: When patients decline treatment

    Informed refusal: When patients decline treatment

    Case study and article on how to document the informed refusal, and recommendations that may help minimize the risk of lawsuits related to patient refusals.

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