Cardiac Catheterization – Heart Catheterization Injury
When errors are made during a cardiac catheterization, the results are often traumatic.
A cardiac catheterization is a medical procedure done by a healthcare professional to check the heart for certain conditions. This test may be preformed to check the flow of blood in the coronary arteries or to check the blood flow and pressure in the chambers of the heart. It can see if the valves are working properly and it is able to detect certain heart defects.
Cardiac Catheterization can also be used in procedures to treat heart disease. Some of these procedures may include:
- Fix congenital heart defects involving holes in the heart
- Repair or replacement of valves
- Heart arrhythmia
The catheter is a thin tube that is inserted into a patient’s vein or artery. It is a very intricate procedure and should be preformed with great care. When errors are made during this process, the results are often traumatic. Call the Zevan and Davidson Law Firm at (314) 588-7200 if you have been the victim of a cardiac catheterization error.
Cardiac Catheterization Errors
Because of their background and training, we trust doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to act in our best interest or in the best interest of our loved ones. However, medical errors do happen. The percentage of cardiac catheterization complications is small but because this procedure involves inserting a foreign object into a persons circulatory system, complications can arise. They range from minor problems with no long-term issues, to major problems that can have devastating affects.
Some cardiac catheter complications may include:
- cardiac perforation
- abrupt closure of a coronary artery
- use of non-sterile instruments during procedure
- medications not properly administered before or after
Patients with certain medical conditions are at a higher risk of complications during this procedure. If your doctor does not take these conditions into account and complications arise, you may have a medical malpractice case.
Contact our Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys for a free consultation.
If you believe that you or someone you love has been the victim of cardiac catheterization complications, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Zevan and Davidson today to schedule a free consultation by calling (314) 588-7200 or filling out our online contact form.
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