People are perhaps more conscious today than ever before of their diet and lifestyle and how these may impact upon the long-term health of their heart. Most of us will go through to well beyond middle-age without a thought for heart illness, but when something does go wrong with that vital organ, swift and effective medical treatment can be crucial. Fortunately the well trained medical staff in this country provide a first class service, but inevitably mistakes do occur and standards sometimes slip. When this happens it can lead to serious health problems or even death, as happened in this real life case study involving an avoidable pulmonary embolism.
Cardiac problems can also be less dramatic and more insidious- if persistent warning signs are ignored, overlooked or simply dismissed by a doctor, if there is a failure to refer for further investigation when reasonably needed, or if injury occurs which might have been avoided with earlier diagnosis and treatment - then a cardiac negligence claim may result.