Cardiologist Loses 3 Million Dollar Threesome Death Lawsuit.

Yes folks, it really happened.   William Martinez died  in 2009 while having sex in a threesome (no wife involved).  Unfortunately for cardiologist Dr Sreeni Gangasani, the jury awarded the man's estate a three million dollar judgement against the cardiologist for failing to tell the man not the exert himself before a scheduled stress test was performed.  Mr Martinez had  seen the cardiologist the week before with arm pain.

The interesting part about this lawsuit is that the cardiologist reportedly lost because he failed to tell the patient not to exert himself. Some research suggests that having sex with your wife does not raise your heart rate, but having an extramarital affair does.  This was reported at the American College of Cardiology in Atlanta in 2010 as a  live Tweeting  event by Dr Wes for Sex, The Heart and Erectile Dysfunction.
Extramarital sex: HR 96->150; later same day w/wife: HR 62->92. REAL data. Conclsn: extramarital sex more risky #acc10< In more ways than 1
The data suggests having sex with your wife does not induce a tachycardia and therefore does not necessarily significantly increase exertional stress.  I don't know if the jury knows of this data, but they should.  And if they did know about it, that suggests to me the jury found the cardiologist 60% liable for Mr Martinez's death not because he failed to tell the patient not to have sex, but because he failed to tell him not to have a threesome.  Now it seems it is the doctor's responsibility to tell their patients not to have an affair or risk dying for it.  

I am waiting for the day that a jury provides monetary judgment against an internist or cardiologist for  sudden death for a patient who was just thinking about a threesome.  Or perhaps we need to tell patients not to turn on the television and watch their favorite football team in action.  Maybe we need to tell them not to go to bed too late and not to wake up too early  for fear of causing too much stress on the body.  Maybe they need instructions to avoid spicy foods for fear of stressing themselves out. 

For every patient with every possible medical condition there are thousands of possible daily life activities that have consequences.  It's disheartening to hear about juries that feel physicians should  play 24 hour babysitter for their patients or face the consequences of their patient's bad choices.   When do men stop thinking about sex?  They never stop thinking about sex.   That means even 94 year old patients with chest pain need to be told to avoid sex with their mistress, although having sex with their wife is apparently not a problem. 

I'm wondering how many of the jurors with heart disease first got a note from their physician saying it was OK for them to be a juror in this stressful environment and if not would they feel a right to sue and blame their physician for not providing that guidance when they were first diagnosed with their heart disease.  

Life is full of daily stress.  I think this lawsuit is going to give a few cardiologists heart attacks, for which I believe they can then sue their family medicine doctor for failing to tell them not to read stories about cardiologists who lose lawsuits.    I'm waiting for the day that a hospital patient dies while having sex in the hospital and the hospitalist gets sued and loses for failing to tell the patient on admission not to have sex in the hospital.  Or perhaps the next biggest wave of lawsuits should be against orthopedic surgeons who's post operative hip and knee patients get complications when they  aren't consulted on the correct way to have sex after joint replacement surgery. 

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