Fatal heart attack caused by medical clinic’s failure to follow up on irregular ECG, says lawsuit

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The failure of staff at a medical clinic to follow up on an irregular electrocardiogram test led to a Canmore man’s fatal heart attack, a $1.6-million lawsuit claims.

In a statement of claim filed in Calgary Court of Queen’s Bench on behalf of the survivors of Gregg Jollymore, it’s alleged his doctor didn’t refer him to specialized care despite his ECG results.

The lawsuit says Jollymore’s family physician, Dr. James Corley, sent him for an ECG and some other routine investigations following his annual physical exam on Jan. 12, 2018.

The tests were conducted three days later.

At that time Jollymore “had no known health issues, other than high blood pressure,” the claim states.

“The … ECG showed irregularities, including evidence of prior myocardial infarction.”

But two weeks later, at a follow-up appointment, the results were not discussed with Jollymore, nor noted on the doctor’s chart notes, the lawsuit alleges.

On May 4, 2018, Jollymore again saw Corley, his blood pressure was checked and a renewal prescription for blood-pressure medicine was provided.

“Gregg died from a cardiac event on June 7, 2018.”

The claim says the 59-year-old deceased was never referred for specialist treatment by Corley or any other medical staff at the Evolve Medical Clinic where he attended his appointments.

As a result, Jollymore “was deprived of the opportunity for early treatment which would have made his recovery certain, or alternatively more probable than not, and at the very least, averted his untimely death,” it says.

The lawsuit seeks damages for Jollymore’s widow, his parents and his two daughters.

Statements of defence disputing the unproven allegations have not been filed.

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