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Syracuse New York Emergency Room Physicians May Overuse Cardiac Catheterization For Chest Pain

A recent study of approximately 400,000 patients suggests that emergency room physicians treating chest pain are all too often ordering cardiac catheterizations, a relatively safe procedure commonly used to rule out a heart attack. Surprisingly, most of the patients who underwent the procedure did not have obstructive disease.

According to Central New York medical malpractice lawyers Bottar Law, PLLC, most unnecessary medical procedures are performed without incident. However, where a patient experiences a complication as a result of a contraindicated medical procedure, the physician who ordered the procedure may be liable for medical negligence.

Typically, interventional cardiologists perform cardiac catheterizations by threading a thin tube into a vein or artery in the groin and maneuvering the tube to the coronary arteries or heart. In most cases, the patient is awake and feels no pain. Soreness is to be expected in the blood vessel where the catheter was inserted. Known risks and complications associated with cardiac catheterization include: infection, damage to involved blood vessels, arrhythmias, low blood pressure (hypotension), blood clots, heart attack, congestive heart failure and allergic reactions to dye causing kidney damage.

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of medical malpractice cases involving emergency room errors and cardiologist mistakes. If you or a loved one have been injured because of a medical mistake, you, your child and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, special education, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at

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