Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Errors

Louisville, KY Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Malpractice Attorneys

Cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery errors can have a lifetime of implications. Cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons can – and do – save lives, but when they make mistakes, the consequences can be devastating. With more than a million people seeking treatment for cardiac events every year, and with many sources indicating that rates of heart disease are on the rise, the number of individuals suffering from heart-related medical malpractice cannot be ignored.

At Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, we are committed to helping victims of cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery malpractice fight for just compensation. Attorney Seth Gladstein has been practicing law since 2001, and for almost 10 years he defended doctors and hospitals against medical malpractice claims – including claims involving cardiothoracic surgery errors. Today, through Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC, he uses his knowledge to help malpractice victims fight for the money they need in order to overcome the consequences of cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery malpractice.

Medical Services Provided by Cardiologists and Cardiothoracic Surgeons

If you have been treated for a heart-related medical condition, you most likely visited either a cardiologist or a cardiothoracic surgeon. These doctors are specialists – highly-trained professionals who devote their entire careers to treating heart disease and other heart-related complications.


Cardiologists typically treat conditions such as:

  • Angina (chest pain)
  • Blocked coronary arteries
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Vascular disease

Cardiology is a specialty of internal medicine, and many doctors specialize even within the field of cardiology. For example, some cardiologists focus solely on treating children (pediatric cardiologists) while others specialize in treating adults (adult cardiologists). Other cardiologists may specialize in certain types of treatment, such as interventional procedures (including stent placement and balloon angioplasties for treating blocked coronary arteries), echocardiography, or electrophysiology. As specialists, these doctors owe a duty to their patients to ensure that they are providing appropriate, safe, and effective care.

Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Cardiothoracic surgeons specialize in procedures involving the heart, lungs, and vascular system. These procedures include:

  • Aortic dissections
  • Aortic valve replacement
  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (often referred to as “heart bypass surgery”)
  • Heart transplants
  • Lung surgery
  • Mitral valve replacement

These surgeries are extremely complex and require years of education and training. The doctors who perform them are expected to have intimate knowledge of the heart and lungs as well as the different techniques, methods, and technologies available. Types of cardiothoracic surgery can range from minimally-invasive procedures to open-heart and beating-heart operations, and each requires its own specific knowledge and skill set. In addition, more and more surgeons are turning to robot-assisted heart surgery, which carries its own unique risks and challenges.

Common Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery Errors

Errors During Diagnosis, Treatment, and Surgery

Due to the complexities involved in diagnosing and treating heart conditions, mistakes are not uncommon. Common errors during diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions and cardiothoracic surgery include:

When the heart and lungs are involved, even minor mistakes can have drastic consequences. Victims of cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery errors often require immediate, expensive treatments in order to either fix or minimize the damage resulting from their doctors’ malpractice. In many cases, these victims suffer heart attacks, heart dysfunction, brain damage, strokes, and other life-threatening medical conditions. Tragically, many errors are fatal.

Failure to Diagnose or Treat a Heart Attack

When someone has a heart attack, the clock starts ticking right away. The sooner the patient is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin. If treatment is delayed, the patient is more likely to suffer significant, long-term damage. Cardiologists who fail to identify the warning signs of a possible heart attack, or who fail to take appropriate action to treat a heart attack victim, may be putting their patients’ lives in danger. These types of mistakes can often lead to significant liability for medical malpractice.

Contact Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC about Your Medical Malpractice Claim

Whether you are suffering as a result of a cardiologist’s or cardiothoracic surgeon’s mistake, or you believe medical malpractice may be to blame for the loss of a loved one, Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC can help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries and losses. To learn more about how we can help you, we invite you to schedule a *free consultation.

*Each case is different and the past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case. Among many settlements, Gladstein Law Firm has recovered: $1.8 Million settlement for medical malpractice case involving negligent performance of hysterectomy (Christian Circuit Court); $1.75 Million medical malpractice case involving negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat lung cancer (Jefferson Circuit Court); $550,000 settlement for failure to diagnose prostate cancer (pre-litigation settlement); $500,000 settlement for negligent failure to diagnose and treat an impending stroke after brain surgery (Jefferson Circuit Court); and $195,000 settlement for negligent failure to diagnose and treat a potentially life-threatening heart condition (Macon Co., N.C.; served as co-counsel)  Click here to see some of Gladstein Law Firm, PLLC’s successes. Client pays costs only upon recovery.

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