Unnecessary Heart Bypass Surgery Lawsuit Settles for $1M

2015 Medical Malpractice Trial Report

Healthy woman undergoes heart bypass operation

The plaintiff, who had a history of anxiety and panic disorder, experienced chest discomfort while on the treadmill at her gym. She went to an ER where a cardiac work-up was negative. Still, she underwent a cardiac catheterization which was normal but showed a congenital issue with her left circumflex coronary artery.

She was transferred to a specialist for further testing. An EKG and cardiac echo were normal. A cardiac CTA was also normal. Nonetheless, the defendant cardiac surgeon believed the condition was life-threatening and required immediate coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).

Months after the CABG, the plaintiff’s symptoms continued. Further work-up determined there was no cardiac cause to begin with, but rather the symptoms were due to anxiety and reflux disease. The unnecessary CABG subsequently closed and was no longer patent.

The plaintiff claimed the CABG was unnecessary subjecting the plaintiff to needless pain and suffering and emotional distress. The defendant denied liability and contended that the plaintiff had fully recovered and had no long term harm or injury.

The case settled shortly before trial for $1,000,000.

Lubin & Meyer attorneys represented the plaintiff in this lawsuit.

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