Cardiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases of the cardiovascular system. These medical professionals perform tests and procedures such as heart catheterizations, angioplasty, or inserting a pacemaker. Cardiologists complete training in internal medicine before undertaking a fellowship in cardiology. The total program takes close to six years to complete. Cardiologists treat cardiac arrhythmias (e.g. atrial fibrillation, SVT, ventricular tachycardia), coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure (i.e. CHF), as well as many other diseases of the human heart.
In 2005, German Ortiz went in for an angiogram and angioplasty at the Heart Center in Henderson, NV. Dr. Mark Taylor performed the procedure. In 2015 Ortiz visited a different doctor for a chest X-ray. The x-ray showed that the thin metal guide-wire that was inserted up through his body to his heart in 2005 was still there. Doctors removed 32 inches of wire in 2015 but had to leave over two feet because it was medically dangerous to take out.
Ortiz charged Dr. Taylor with medical malpractice, professional negligence, and emotional distress. The plaintiff’s legal team stated that Ortiz has endured pain and anxiety as a result of the wire left inside his body and argued that the wire increases the probability of future blood clots.
The defendant’s lawyer told jurors that another doctor must have left the wire inside Ortiz. Dr. Taylor’s attorney argued that the cardiologist had met the standard of care and was not negligent.
The jury awarded Ortiz nearly $1.8M.
Cardiology experts are in high demand due to the prevalence of cardiac disease in the U.S. In October 2018, Anicka Slachta wrote Cardiology malpractice suits up 91% from a decade ago (cardiovascularbusiness.com). The cardiac expert witness is essential in lawsuits alleging cardiac malpractice. Contact Elite Medical Experts to retain a board-certified, full-time practicing university physician for your legal team.