Costessey woman had heart attack days after seeing doctor

A Norwich woman died from a heart attack just days after seeing a hospital consultant about chest pains, an inquest heard.

Blind diabetic Susan Stubbs, 57, from Hill Road, Costessey had a history of coronary and artery problems.

But when she visited consultant cardiologist Dr Liam Hughes at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital she said the recent pains were while in bed in the early hours of the morning rather than during exercise or emotional upset.

It led Dr Hughes to believe the latest problems - over the past four to six weeks - were not cardiac-related and more likely to be acid reflux in the gullet or muscular pain.

Her saw her on June 21 three days after a referral from her GP. She died on June 26 from what was apparently natural causes - a heart attack and artery disease.

Dr Hughes said if he had 'even the smallest residual concern' that Mrs Stubbs' pains were heart-related - because the pains were made worse by exercise or upset - he would have sent her for a angiogram heart scan.

Husband Ian Stubbs told the inquest he felt his wife was under stress because he also had health problems and had 'died twice and been resuscitated' six months earlier.

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Assistant deputy Norfolk coroner David Osborne said Mrs Stubbs could have died at any time because of her condition.

There was no suggestion of any neglect by the doctor who had made a 'reasonable clinical decision and diagnosis.'