Delayed diagnosis of ventricular failure and coronary artery atheroma – £47,500

Mr Maxwell had a history of arthritis and hypertension. When he woke with severe chest pain in the early hours, his wife telephoned for an ambulance and he was taken to hospital where various tests were performed.

Following the tests, he was advised that he had not had a heart attack but that he would have to return to the hospital later in the week for further tests. Mr Maxwell heard nothing further from the hospital, despite his wife telephoning several times to enquire about the appointment for further tests over the next few months.

Mr Maxwell suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed in the street. He was taken by ambulance to hospital but resuscitation was unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead. Following a post mortem examination, the cause of death was given as acute left ventricular failure and coronary artery atheroma with occlusion.

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