In Indiana, people who are suffering from a medical issue or concern will do what they consider to be the “right” thing and go to a doctor. There is an immense level of trust placed in the medical professionals who will provide the care, make a diagnosis and offer treatment options. That trust can easily be violated by a medical error, negligence, a misdiagnosis and other mistakes. Medical malpractice is a major concern and those who have been impacted by it should consider their alternatives to recover compensation.

The fear of a misdiagnosis is especially poignant when a person is suffering from a possible heart issue. A cardiologist is trained to recognize and treat these concerns. However, a recent study indicates that the pressure from the job is overwhelming many cardiologists and can contribute to medical mistakes. Because of so-called “burnout”, there are increased dangers to patients. In the survey, more than 35% of cardiologists in the U.S. stated they experienced burnout. Nearly 44% were stressed. Twenty-five percent who had burnout had at least one symptom including emotional and/or physical exhaustion, feeling they are not accomplishing anything, and being cynical and detached. Almost 10% were frustrated at work and had chronic burnout. Also, 1.6% said they were completely burned out.

In the past five years, there has been a 32% increase in cardiologists showing signs of burnout. In the survey, more than 2,000 cardiologists took part with more than 1,650 being male. After assessing the results, researchers found that the number of cardiologists from 2015 to 2019 who said they had no burnout at all reduced by 3% to 20.7%. Those reporting feeling burned out rose to 35.4% from 26.8%. Nearly half the female cardiologists who took part reported they were burned out. One-third of men reported the same. The juncture of the cardiologists’ career was key as more than 45% of those with between eight and 21 years’ experience were burned out. Those who were starting out came in at more than 35%; veteran cardiologists were at 31.5%.

Long work hours are associated with burnout as many work at least 60 hours in a week. More than 41% of those who worked these hours had burnout. A stressful work environment was a major problem as well. Although the number of cardiologists who were concerned that they made a medical mistake was comparatively low at around 9% in the three months before the survey, the number that reported feeling burned out was significant – those with a fear that they made a mistake was at 58%. Thirty-three percent of those worried about making mistakes said they were stressed.

Anyone who is facing stress and burnout in their job is prone to making a mistake. The problem with this in medical professionals is that their mistakes can cause untold damage and lead to unnecessary complications and death. If a person arrives at a doctor’s office or hospital experiencing a clear or underlying heart issue and the cardiologist misses it for any reason, it is wise to understand how to determine if a mistake was made and take the necessary steps to be compensated. Having experienced advice on medical malpractice, whether it was due to burnout or for another reason, may be beneficial.