Stuart J. Manzione successfully defended a cardiologist in a case involving a 48-year-old patient who suffered a stroke following an episode where she lost part of her vision in her right eye. The plaintiff, who had a mitral valve repair and a history of Atrial Fibrillation 6 months prior, called the cardiologist who promptly referred her to a neurologist and an ophthalmologist. The Neurologist felt the visual disturbance was not due to a clot but rather an ocular migraine. The ophthalmologist did not see evidence of clotting at the time he saw the plaintiff 3 days after she saw the neurologist and therefore indicated it was likely due to an ocular migraine. The defendant cardiologist relied on these findings but also performed tests to rule out endocarditis as a cause of the visual disturbance which were negative. One month later the plaintiff suffered an ischemic stroke leaving her with multiple deficits. At the conclusion of the plaintiff’s case, the court granted Mr. Manzione’s motion for a directed verdict for failure of the plaintiff to make out a prima facie case against the cardiologist. The case continued against the codefendant neurologist resulting in a $1.3 million-dollar settlement.