As cardiologists finesse their ability to treat individuals suffering from heart issues, one procedure that is becoming more common is coronary angioplasty. This is when doctors open up a patient's heart arteries if they have narrowed or if they’ve become blocked by placing stents in them. Stents have given many heart disease victims a second chance at life and they are frequently a great option for many people who have artery blockage.


Unfortunately, it is also becoming more common for cardiologists to perform this surgery when it is not necessary. They follow the dollar signs instead of medical protocol and place stents in individuals when it is not needed at all. By doing this, they expose the patient to a number of risks and complications that can result from such a surgery. When a person suffers a serious complication after receiving unnecessary stents, this can be considered cardiology malpractice.


Any time someone has a stent placed in an artery—whether necessary or unnecessary—there are going to be risks of serious complications which could include any of the following:


  • Irregular heartbeats
  • An allergic reaction to the dye used during the procedure or damage to the kidneys from the dye
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Too much tissue growth in the treated portion of the artery which can cause it to become narrow or blocked again
  • Blood clots which can cause heart attack, stroke or other serious issues


Whether or not these complications ultimately fall under cardiology malpractice will be the decision of your experienced cardiology malpractice lawyer. They will be able to look at your medical records, consult experts and determine if you have a solid case to pursue.


If you suspect you were the victim of unnecessary stents or cardiology malpractice in Texas, Oklahoma or Arkansas, contact The Girards Law Firm for a free consultation at 888.897.2762.