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Extremely rare heart disease killed Whitton man, inquest hears
A father from Whitton died of an extremely rare heart condition that went unnoticed by doctors, an inquest has concluded.
Jason Nixon, 40, was at his Camellia Place home with wife Vicky when he collapsed and was rushed to West Middlesex Hospital, where he later died in the early hours of February 5 this year.
West London Coroner’s Court concluded that Mr Nixon had suffered a hemopericardium and a type 1a and 1b aortic dissection.
Mrs Nixon had called for an ambulance after noticing her husband was struggling shortly after 11pm on February 4.
The ambulances staff found him in cardiac arrest and took him to hospital and died when CPR was stopped at 12.29am.
Mr Nixon had previously visited Charing Cross Hospital on February 1 with complaints of severe back pain radiating to his left leg.
He was seen by a junior doctor who admitted that there would have been a different diagnosis had there been mention of chest pains.
Dr Joe Lee told the inquest: “It would have changed my thinking and would have led to different questions being asked with a different diagnosis.”
A senior doctor confirmed to the inquest that Mr Nixon’s condition was incredibly rare and something a trainee doctor would be unlikely to have seen.
Dr Fey Probst said: “I have only seen this several times throughout my career and some doctors, let alone a junior doctor, could go through their careers without seeing it.”
Mr Nixon is survived by his wife, Vicky, and nine-month-old son Joshua.
A verdict of death by natural causes was recorded.
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