A GP and a cardiologist are sued for failing to anticoagulate quickly enough

SMART PRACTICE


A 60-year-old woman attended a medical centre for management of her obesity, borderline hypertension and episodes of palpitations. 

Over the years, she had been investigated fully but no cardiac abnormalities were observed. However, she presented this time with more frequent episodes of palpitations that were occasionally associated with light-headedness.

The GP found frequent symptomatic premature ventricular beats on the ECG. He discussed this with a cardiologist and prescribed a beta blocker (metoprolol), restricted her caffeine intake

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