Critical Care and Negligence…
Untreated heart failure has catastrophic consequences, If symptoms persist for more than 15 minutes, the cells of the heart muscle start to die off. Every second counts. If you believe you or a loved one has a Heart surgery claim in negligence then contact today for a free claims assessment.
The Heart is simply a muscle, it works as and is reffered to as a pump but its essential to remember that is a living muscle and has its own blood supply.
A heart attack happens when a complete blockage forms in an artery that supplies blood to your heart (a coronary artery). Blockages are caused by a disease process throughout the arteries in your body called atherosclerosis. This process occurs where fat cells build up in the arteries. This leads to fatty “plaques” narrowing the arteries, leaving less room for blood to flow. Occasionally they break free of the artery wall and flow with the blood until they become lodged. This then cuts off the blood flow behind them. When blood flow is cut off, this is called ischemia. It stands to reason therefore, that any delay in treatment or mismanagement of the condition, is likely to result in a serious deterioration. A heart surgery claim is not easy to bring, it requires specialist evidence of the highest order. However, as the failures in treatment can have catastrophic effects, these claims are a regular feature of Solicitor instructions.
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Heart Surgery Claim?
It is generally regarded that to go to the hospital and be told that you are not having a heart attack is not wasting anybodies time. Staying home and suffering heart failure without doing anything is far more of a problem, if you are lucky enough to survive but require major surgery. To receive the best care, you have about 90 minutes from the onset of the heart attack for an interventional surgeon to restore the flow of blood to the heart before critical heart tissue dies or is damaged beyond repair.
Not all attacks are capable of being treated effectively. Just because the outcome is poor does not mean there will be a viable heart surgery claim. Today though, your chances of surviving a heart attack are greater than ever.
What Can Go Wrong in Coronary Care?
Usually nothing, however, problems frequently arise in the stage before cardiologist intervention. This may be because hospital policy is for presenting cases with a suspicion of heart failure are subject to a electronic heart trace being performed and interpreted by someone who just misreads the results or doesn’t spot the problem. Occasionally it may be that that the first trace is not demonstrating a problem but symptoms persist and a second scan is not performed. Whatever the reason, failure to get the patient before an interventionist can be the difference between life and death.
Heart Surgery Claim. A Claim on behalf of the Deceased?
The law with reference to a deceased claimant is not particularly suited to being best explained on a web page. However, in brief these actions fall into two catagories.
- Those where a heart surgery claim is brought on behalf of the deceased him or herself.
- Those where a heart surgery claim is brought on behalf of the dependents.
Only a full discussion with a Solicitor will properly reveal what type of claim to bring and what the potential entitlements are.
Usually the first type of claim is brought for the death itself and any pain and suffering associated with it. The second type typically is about the loss to the family and those people who were or were entitled to be dependent upon the deceased.
Common Heart Surgical Interventions
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).
The most common type of heart surgery — a surgeon removes a healthy artery or vein from elsewhere in your body and connects it to supply blood past the blocked coronary artery. The grafted artery or vein bypasses the blocked portion of the coronary artery, creating a new path for blood to flow to the heart muscle. Often, this is done for more than one coronary artery during the same surgery. CABG is often referred to as heart bypass or coronary artery bypass surgery. It is the mainstay of coronary surgical care.
Heart valve repair or replacement.
Surgeons either repair the valve or replace it with an artificial valve or with a biological valve made from pig, cow or human heart tissue. One repair option is to insert a catheter through a large blood vessel, guide it to the heart and inflate and deflate a small balloon at the tip of the catheter to widen a narrow valve.
Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).
Medicine is usually the first treatment option for arrhythmia, a condition in which the heart beats too fast, too slow or with an irregular rhythm. If medication does not work, a surgeon may implant a pacemaker under the skin of the chest or abdomen, with wires that connect it to the heart chambers. The device uses electrical pulses to control the heart rhythm when a sensor detects that it is abnormal. An ICD works similarly, but it sends an electric shock to restore a normal rhythm when it detects a dangerous arrhythmia.
The surgeon creates a pattern of scar tissue within the upper chambers of the heart to redirect electrical signals along a controlled path to the lower heart chambers. The surgery blocks the stray electrical signals that cause atrial fibrillation — the most common type of serious arrhythmia.
A weak section of the artery or heart wall is replaced with a patch or graft to repair a balloon-like bulge in the artery or wall of the heart muscle.
The diseased heart is removed and replaced with a healthy heart from a deceased donor.
Insertion of a ventricular assist device (VAD) or total artificial heart (TAH).
A VAD is a mechanical pump that supports heart function and blood flow. A TAH replaces the two lower chambers of the heart. In addition to these surgeries, a minimally invasive alternative to open-heart surgery that is becoming more common is trans catheter structural heart surgery. This involves guiding a long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter to your heart through blood vessels that can be accessed from the groin, thigh, abdomen, chest, neck or collar bone.
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What are the risks of Heart Surgery?
- Reactions to anesthesia
- Damage to tissues in the heart, kidneys, liver and lungs
- Death, especially for someone who is already very sick before surgery
For non emergency surgery, a cardiac anesthesiologist | anesthetist typically will meet with you before the operation to explain the anesthesia procedures, risks and side effects. To help reduce your risk during surgery, the anesthetist will review your medical history and diagnostic tests, ask about prior reactions to anesthesia and advise you on which of your medications you should stop or continue taking in the days leading up to the operation.
The anesthetists role during cardiac surgery is extensive and goes beyond administering general anesthesia. The anesthesiologist intensively monitors the patient’s condition in various ways. This includes using special catheters in major blood vessels in the neck and chest.
If you believe you have a heart surgery claim to bring, we would encourage you to contact us to speak to a specialist solicitor who can advise you on the process and the likely timescales.
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One Final Thing!
We would suggest that if you are contemplating instructing a Solicitor but you are a bit concerned about calling or emailing – for whatever reason, then write down every particular about what has happened to you. Put down dates and times and names of people involved. Then months from now when you change your mind and do contact a Solicitor – you will have the details. Many claims are never brought because the patients simply forget the details and are too embarrased to contact a lawyer to discuss. Get them on paper and if you never use them no harm done.
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