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What would you do if a doctor missed a heart disease diagnosis ?

What would you do if a doctor missed a heart disease diagnosis and it killed your Mom? My mom passed away December 1, 2008, from undiagnosed heart disease. The doctor she went to saw her every 3 weeks, because she had persistant sinus infections and upper respitory infections and did an ekg less than 2 weeks before she died. He also missed the diagnosis of hep c in my father that would have prevented it from progressing to hepatoma , which is a liver cancer . I want his license revoked. I don t want money, I just want to save another family from losing their loved ones to a doctor who just wants to make money, not save lives. How on earth can I let it go? Because of this hack, I m going to be an orphan before I turn 27. I will have neither of my parents at my wedding, I will not be able to give my potential children grandparents, and I want to save someone, anyone, from this horrible pain. I understand that somethings can be overlooked, but when your talking two patients, two diseases, one family, and their both undiagnosed? Thats not overlooking something or making a mistage, thats negligence. Screw the money, I want him to be stopped. No one should have to do this. My mom went to this doctor for 40 years, and the autopsy showed she had a valve abnormality that should have been detected during the ekg or the ultrasound they did on her heart when she had severe shoulder pain with no joint or muscle problem, thinking she was having a heart attack. She didn t change doctors after the doc misdiagnosed my dad because she was busy trying to find someone to help him. Also, their insurance made it very difficult to change doctors and that would have taken time away from her helping my dad.
Asked On : Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response

Thanks for writing to us.

I am really sorry to hear your loss. It is not necessary that every hearty problem can be diagnosed with an EKG. Sometimes even if an EKG is normal, other investigations like echocardiography or troponin-t , MRI , angiography, etc are required to diagnose a cardiac problem. A cardiologist is the best person to consult in this regard.

I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.


Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Mon, 17 Oct 2011
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I am so sorry for what you are going through. I know how you feel. I am back and forth from hospitals with both my mother and father. Neither are going to be around much longer and my dad wont even go to a hospital now because he comes out SICKER than when he went in. It's been a really terrible and frustrating time and doctors have screwed them up royally. I can honestly say their errors have made them as sick as they are. It's going to be a very difficult, draining and stressful time for you if you pursue your claim. You will not come out unscathed and I understand how you feel. I can only say do what you feel you need to but you should not sacrifice your life or health over such a loser. For every one you knock out there is another waiting in queue. I'm sorry for your loss. I hope you find a good man and have a lovely family and love them to smitherines. They will give you enough love (and you them) to get you through. We can't, unfortunately, control the things that happen in this world. I know you will be a good mother and advocate for your children, knowing all that you know now. Maybe all this tragedy will be for some reason in future, something you can't see now, but it will make you that much more stronger and wiser as a wife and mother. Your children will love you for it. But you do what you feel you must. It will be a long haul and you just need to pace yourself and take care of yourself along the way if you do decide to go that route. It will be a full time job. I've watched others go through this and frankly I didn't think it's worth it for what it turned them into but they DID do it for money, and nothing is worth all that. And believe me I haven't taken any of this lying down. I push and push and push for tests, for results, get second opinions etc. etc. but it's just the system and red tape and nothing you can seem to do. No matter how hard you try, there's always something overlooked and something that comes too little too late or some other complication and it just never ends. If I was your mom or your dad, I wouldn't want you to ruin the rest of your life over something that's done now. I would want you to be happy. Life is short and make the most of it and honour your parents with your deeds and how you live your life...not in seeking revenge. Try if you must but I'm just worried it will destroy you and then that ass will have made victims of you all. Just make sure you set a limit and a spot where you will stop if you do pursue it and dont let it consume you.
Answered: Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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