Two Patients Sue Hospital Over Allegedly Unnecessary Coronary Stents

Two Patients Sue Hospital Over Allegedly Unnecessary Coronary StentsTwo people have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital and two of its doctors, claiming that they were among many patients to receive a coronary stent that was medically unnecessary and implanted solely for the hospital's financial benefit.

Carolyn Armstrong and Peter Mosco Jr. want Westmoreland Hospital in Pennsylvania prevented from performing any more coronary stent implants due to the actions of Drs. Ehab F. Morcos and George M. Bousamra, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Independent reviews by interventional cardiologists reportedly found that these two doctors unnecessarily installed the device inside the arteries of as many as 141 patients. 

Armstrong and Mosco claim they were among those who got the implant unnecessarily, and claim that they now face increased risk of blood clots, heart attacks and prolonged use of blood thinners. They also allege they suffered severe psychological damage due to the stent placement in their medical malpractice lawsuit.

According to the American Heart Association, patients who are implanted with a stent need to take anti-coagulants after the procedure is complete to prevent blood clot formation in the stent. Some blood thinners, like aspirin, may need to be taken for life.