The primary cause of death in the United States is Heart Disease. In order to best prevent heart disease a number of procedures and test have been created. One commonly used diagnostic procedure is, Heart Catheterization.
Heart Catheterizations can be used in many situations. The most popular are, a collection of blood samples, muscle biopsies of the heart, measuring blood flow and pressure in the arteries, and also measuring oxygen levels in the blood. Catheterizations may also be used during atherectomy (procedure used to remove plaque) and angioplasty (procedure used to open narrow or blocked coronary arteries) procedures in order to open up arteries to allow stents to be inserted.
Although surgeons are well trained, 1 to 3 percent of heart Catheterization procedures have been performed negligently.
Some symptoms you should be aware of are:
- Pseudoaneurysm (a hematoma that forms as the result of a leaking hole in an artery)
- Embolism (blood clot or a piece of plaque that acts like a clot)
- Arterial-venous fistula (an abnormal connection or passageway between an artery and a vein)
A Negligent Heart Catheterization procedure can also result in stroke, kidney damage, heart attack, allergic reaction to the contrast dye, abnormal heart rate, and death. Some unusual complications are a cut bladder, or air bubbles in the blood stream that can result from a heart attack.
If you are unsure of whether or not you sustained injuries from a cardiac catheterization, you should take action immediately! Call Wall Huntington Law Firm at 316-265-6000 or contact us online today for a free evaluation of your claim.