Dental patient suffered heart attack whilst having eight teeth removed

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THE death of a man who suffered a heart attack after having eight teeth removed was accidental, an inquest heard.

Bronislaw Dubicki, 57, who had learning difficulties and epilepsy, was given a general anaesthetic to minimise his distress during the procedure at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport, on the Isle of Wight.

An inquest at Portsmouth Guildhall heard the treatment was successful. But coroner David Horsley questioned the fact Mr Dubicki, of West Hill Road, Ryde, was not given a heart scan beforehand. He later suffered a heart attack.

Medics initially gave Mr Dubicki a clot-busting drug, which led to a minor improvement. But because his condition did not improve as much as expected he was transferred to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

Mr Dubicki then underwent a procedure to unblock arteries carrying blood to his heart. But he suffered a cardiac arrest and died on September 24. A post-mortem revealed he had suffered a previous heart attack and had heart failure for some time. He died from a blockage in blood flow to his heart caused by heart disease and anti-clotting treatment for the heart attack.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Mr Horsley, coroner for Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire, said: ‘It all relates back to the dental treatment he received. That’s not criticising it in any way, it is an unfortunate consequence of the treatment.’

Mr Horsley has now told St Mary’s Hospital to produce its procedures for giving patients a heart scan prior to receiving a general anaesthetic. He will then decide whether to make a recommendation under the Coroner’s Rules to help prevent further deaths occurring in similar circumstances.

An NHS Isle of Wight spokesman said: ‘We have reviewed this case and at the time of Mr Dubicki’s pre-operative check there was no indication that he needed a [heart scan].’ These cases are very rare. We will be responding to the Coroner’s request for the trust’s procedure and our deepest sympathies are with Mr Dubicki’s family and friends.’