A gentleman died during a cardiac catheterization procedure after being
treated for chest pains. Now, a lawsuit has been filed against his medical
providers for negligence.
On July 27, 2011, the Arizona father of two children began feeling pain
in his chest that radiated down his arm, so he went to the hospital where
he was evaluated by an emergency department physician. A decision was
made to take the man to the cardiac catheterization laboratory for further
At the lab, a blockage in the man's left anterior descending artery
was identified so the doctor performed a percutaneous transluminal coronary
angioplasty with placement of 3 stents to open the blockage. Following
the procedure, the patient continued to experience shoulder pain, chest
discomfort, and anxiety. The decision was made to return the patient to
the catheterization lab.
During the second cardiac catheterization procedure on July 29, 2011, the
doctor inserted a guidewire through the patient's right femoral artery
with intent to place the guidewire in a diagonal branch of the patient's
left anterior descending artery, which had become blocked by one of the
stents placed two days earlier. Although the stent blocked the guidewire
from entering the diagonal branch, the doctor continued to try to force
the guidewire into the diagonal. This resulted in the guidewire perforating
the left anterior descending artery. The perforation was subsequently
closed but was reopened when the doctor chose to completely remove the
guidewire from the artery. Subsequent efforts to close the perforation
failed and the patient died on the table.
The plaintiffs, which include the man's wife and two children, have
brought a wrongful death medical malpractice action under A.R.S. §
12-612, claiming that the medical team caused their husband's and
father's death when they failed to provide appropriate and reasonable
care in the cardiac catheterization lab.
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