February is American Heart Month. American Heart Month is a federally designated event meant to place focus on heart health to reduce heart disease, heart attacks and heart failure. While failure to treat heart failure may contribute to a small number of deaths from heart failure; any is too many.
Data from the CDC shows that about 5.7 million adults in the United States have heart failure. In 2009, one in nine deaths included heart failure as a contributing cause. About half of people who develop heart failure die within five years of diagnosis which makes treatment the difference between life and death.Read More
In the Pacific Northwest we don’t usually get more than a few days with heavy snow on the ground which means that we are always out of practice for shoveling snow. When a person who has cardiovascular issues sets out to shovel snow they are in fact, risking a heart attack from the exertion. A study published in the journal Clinical Research in Cardiology identified 500 patients who checked into the hospital over two winters because of heart problems. Seven percent of those patients said that they were shoveling snow at the time the symptoms started. The people most vulnerable to a snow shoveling related heart attack were men, with an average age of 63, with a family history of premature cardiovascular disease.Read More
Medical malpractice is when a medical care provider – including a doctor, dentist, nurse, laboratory technician or a hospital/medical facility – fails to meet the “standard of care” that would have been met by other healthcare providers in similar circumstances. The failure to meet the “standard of care” must directly harm the patient in order for malpractice to have occurred. A medical malpractice claim is a claim that the healthcare provider acted negligently when providing care for the injured party.Read More
Most patients trust that when they are given a prescription for pharmaceutical drugs that the medication will be safe to use and create the desired effect. Unfortunately, in some situations prescription drugs end up harming instead of helping the patient. When a person is harmed by the prescription, administration or dispensation of a prescription drug because of a medical professional’s negligence; the doctor, nurse or pharmacist may be held liable for damages caused by the medication error.Read More
When a medical professional fails to recognize the signs and symptoms of heart disease, he or she may have committed medical malpractice in the form of “failure to diagnose.” A general practitioner is responsible to listen to a patient’s heartbeat, test blood pressure and identify family history of heart disease. In some cases, a general practitioner may refer a patient to a heart specialist or make their own diagnosis. The purpose of these steps is to use the warning signs of heart disease to make a diagnosis and start a treatment plan before a heart attack happens. It goes without saying then that failure to diagnose heart disease puts the patient at serious risk for a potentially life threatening heart attack.Read More
Heart disease and strokes are the number one and number four leading causes of death in the United States. About one-third of American adults have elevated levels of bad cholesterol and nearly two-thirds have high blood pressure or pre-hypertension. Approximately 610,000 Americans endure a first stroke every year and another 525,000 have a first heart attack. To help reduce these statistics, new heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines were released by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology in 2013.Read More
Cancer takes the lives of too many Americans. Can anything be done to help prevent cancer deaths? Scientists continue to develop tests aimed at finding specific types of cancer before signs or symptoms present themselves. These tests could be part of a health screening regimen that your doctor may follow or recommend. The main goals of cancer screenings are to:
- Reduce or eliminate the number of people who die from cancer.
- Reduce the number of people who develop cancer in the first place.
Cancer screenings by typeRead More
Not all disease can be prevented but taking care of ourselves through lifestyle and health screenings can minimize our risks for serious health problems. The effects of cardiovascular disease are one of the biggest causes for early deaths in the United States; in fact, heart disease is the number one killer of women.
Cardiovascular Disease health screeningsRead More
We have all heard of horrific medical errors like tools being sewn back up into a patient or having the wrong limb amputated but the perception that these types of errors were rare has been shattered through research. The National Institutes of Health landmark report issued in 1999 called “To Err is Human” estimated that medical errors caused 98,000 deaths each year. A new study published May 3 in the peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ analyzed four previous studies conducted between 2000 and 2008 and concluded that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., actually accounting for 251,000 deaths annually; more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s. This number equates to almost 700 deaths per day or about 9.5 percent of all deaths annually in the United States. It is almost triple the number of deaths found to be the result of medical errors in the 1999 study. Part of the reason for the disparity is that the recent analysis delved deeper into causes ranging from incompetent doctors to communication breakdowns between staff as a patient is handed off to a different department.Read More
The four elements of negligence in medical malpractice law are duty, breach, injury, and damages. A medical malpractice attorney must prove that each of these four elements exists to have a winning case.
Medical Malpractice: Negligence
A duty of care is owed to the patient once a doctor/patient relationship is established. The physician has a duty to act the way other doctors would act in a similar situation and must follow medical care guidelines broadly accepted in the medical community. A relationship is established when you provide medical information to the doctor’s office and verbally to the physician, followed by an examination.Read More