Suit alleges doctor misdiagnosed heart condition as panic attack

A woman is suing an Alton Memorial Hospital physician, alleging he misdiagnosed her heart condition as a panic attack which caused to suffer a heart attack.

Edith Johnson filed a complaint July 8 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Team Health and Thomas Hanson, M.D., alleging negligence.

Johnson alleges in her suit that she sought medical treatment at Alton Memorial Hospital’s emergency room on Aug. 14, 2019, for chest pains “consistent with an acute coronary syndrome.” Johnson claims Hanson misdiagnosed her as having a panic attack and discharged her without performing appropriate diagnostic testing.

Johnson alleges that four months later, she suffered a “massive myocardial infarction” due to her ongoing acute coronary syndrome, which Hanson failed to diagnose. She claims that as a result of her severe heart condition, she has undergone a knee amputation due to circulation issues and suffered cognitive defects.

Johnson also claims Hanson failed to give her aspirin upon her arrival at the hospital, order an EKG or admit her for a cardiac evaluation.

Johnson seeks compensation of more than $50,000, trial by jury and all other just relief.

This article was first published in Madison Record.

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