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What are the main legal and ethical problems that cardiologists face? As a student looking into the career, i want to know the main legal and ethical issues i would face going into this profession.

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Interesting question

The main legal issues are that heart patients can die suddenly and cardiologists may be blamed (and sued).
"failure to diagnose an mi" is a major cause of malpractice. Ethical issues relate to insufficient donors for transplantation and end of life issues in chronic disease.

In brief: Interesting question

The main legal issues are that heart patients can die suddenly and cardiologists may be blamed (and sued).
"failure to diagnose an mi" is a major cause of malpractice. Ethical issues relate to insufficient donors for transplantation and end of life issues in chronic disease.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Dr. Bennett Werner
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Dr. Alec Moorman
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: There

There are many ethical and legal themes in healthcare, far too many to discuss in this format.
I will give you a few to think about though. With regard to ethics, the issue of autonomy is a common issue in medicine. Autonomy is an individual's right to make a decision (i.e. Freedom). When a patient's autonomy is challenged or taken away, this results in ethical tension. For example, what should physicians do when a severely depressed individual demands to leave the hospital? If they are granted full autonomy (freedom) and are allowed to leave, they may harm themselves. But, holding them in the hospital violates their autonomy. The "right thing to do" is not always simple. As far as legal issues, medical malpractice is the major issue physicians think about. Doctors are human and make mistakes, but we are obligated to do everything possible to avoid them (and when we make them, we need to disclose to patients and family that a mistake was made). Malpractice is when a physician does not take reasonable steps to avoid mistakes, but determining this is difficult. I hope i've given you a few things to think about.

In brief: There

There are many ethical and legal themes in healthcare, far too many to discuss in this format.
I will give you a few to think about though. With regard to ethics, the issue of autonomy is a common issue in medicine. Autonomy is an individual's right to make a decision (i.e. Freedom). When a patient's autonomy is challenged or taken away, this results in ethical tension. For example, what should physicians do when a severely depressed individual demands to leave the hospital? If they are granted full autonomy (freedom) and are allowed to leave, they may harm themselves. But, holding them in the hospital violates their autonomy. The "right thing to do" is not always simple. As far as legal issues, medical malpractice is the major issue physicians think about. Doctors are human and make mistakes, but we are obligated to do everything possible to avoid them (and when we make them, we need to disclose to patients and family that a mistake was made). Malpractice is when a physician does not take reasonable steps to avoid mistakes, but determining this is difficult. I hope i've given you a few things to think about.
Dr. Alec Moorman
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Dr. Daniel Zanger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Cardiologist

There are no distinct legal or ethical issues facing cardiologists other than other doctors .
Overall we need to be transparent with patients in terms of what their risks of heart disease are and we need to take every measure to protect them.

In brief: Cardiologist

There are no distinct legal or ethical issues facing cardiologists other than other doctors .
Overall we need to be transparent with patients in terms of what their risks of heart disease are and we need to take every measure to protect them.
Dr. Daniel Zanger
Dr. Daniel Zanger
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