Michigan Heart Problems From Anesthesia Lawyer
While all medical procedures stress the body to some extent, those requiring anesthesia present a heightened risk of complications. Anesthesia is administered through an IV or a gas mask to put the patient in a sleep-like state. While under anesthesia’s effects, the patient does not feel pain or discomfort and may not remember the procedure. However, anesthesia can place significant stress on the heart.
Many surgeries require anesthesia, but some patients cannot undergo it safely, partly because anesthesia alters a patient’s blood pressure and heart rate. For those at high risk of heart problems, various complications, including heart attack, can result.
What Should Anesthesiologists Do to Prevent Heart Problems?
While there is never a guarantee of safety during a medical procedure, those requiring patients to undergo anesthesia are among the most dangerous. Anesthesiologists must be aware of all risk factors and ensure the patient is healthy enough to withstand surgery. An appropriate health survey should collect information, including:
- Any medications the patient takes.
- Any patient allergies.
- The patient’s other health conditions.
- The patient’s weight and body mass index.
- Whether the patient has a history of diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, or breathing problems.
- Whether the patient regularly exercises.
- Whether the patient smokes.
Because anesthesia “works” by stopping nerve signals, it can mask serious signs of surgical stress on the cardiovascular system. For this reason, doctors must closely monitor patients under anesthesia to ensure their body tolerates the procedure. When problems arise, appropriate interventions must be taken.
Contact the Anesthesia Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Sommers Schwartz, P.C.
If you or someone you love recently suffered a heart issue after anesthesia, call the attorneys at Sommers Schwartz. Our medical malpractice lawyers have extensive experience handling complex heart injury claims. We can help you understand your options to make the best decision for yourself and your family. To learn more, call 800-783-0989 or reach us through our online form.