Focus: Understanding heart disease in female patients

The standard model for diagnosis of cardiovascular disease often doesn’t fit women. Here are some common medical missteps to look for in a malpractice case.

What is a woman’s medical malprac- tice case? Most people think of a failure to diagnose breast cancer, delayed cesarean section, or the unnecessary removal of a woman’s uterus.

But what about cases beyond a woman’s reproductive organs? Does malpractice occur because of medical bias? Do doctors treat men and women differently when they display the same set of symptoms? Do men and women ever experience different symptoms of the same disease? The answer to these questions is a resounding yes. Doc- tors’ gender-based assumptions about their female patients can lead to errors in diag- nosis and treatment—and life-threatening consequences for women. This problem is perhaps most evident in cases involving women with heart disease.

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About Susan Dennehy

In 1996, she began her own firm, the Dennehy Law Firm. The firm is devoted exclusively to representing patients and their families in medical safety cases. Her diverse legal experience for both sides gives her a unique perspective on the practice of medicine and the rules that regulate doctors and hospitals. 
Susan has lectured nationally on courtroom strategies and has taught trial skills to law students at Cardozo School of Law’s annual trial program. She is a member of the award winning TRIAL magazine publication committee and is a reviewer and author.
Susan Dennehy has achieved the “AV® Peer Review Rating,” the highest distinction awarded by Martindale-Hubbell®. The “AV peer review rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence…and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.” She is also listed in the 2011 Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers and is recognized as one of New York’s Women Leaders in the Law®, 2013 and 2014.

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