Washington residents with heart-related problems may go in to get some tests run in order to see exactly what those problems are. But did you know that misdiagnosing heart attacks is one of the most common forms of medical malpractice? Here's what you should know about the diagnosis of heart failure and other heart-related ailments.
Heart disease is a serious problem that takes the lives of far too many people across the country each year. Stress, lack of exercise, unhealthy eating habits and genetics are just some of the factors that can cause people to suffer a heart attack. Since a heart attack can be a life-threatening and time-sensitive emergency, it is crucial that doctors diagnose and treat heart problems as soon as possible. It is also important for Washington residents to understand the symptoms of a heart attack.
After the movie “Concussion,” chronic traumatic encephalopathy became known across the nation as a brain disease that has affected numerous former football players ranging from high school to professional level. The disease, also called CTE, is caused by repeated blows to the head. Residents of Washington and elsewhere need to know that CTE does not only affect football players. Anyone who has been struck in the head numerous times may develop the brain condition later in life.
Physicians are widely known as experts who give straightforward and honest medical guidance to those in their care. Yet when a patient realizes they have been misdiagnosed with a serious illness, that trust can completely dissipate. Misdiagnoses of conditions are more common than one might assume. Washington law protects patients who have experienced physical and mental damage as a result of such medical errors.
Many people in Washington may have heard references to brain aneurysms but may not really be familiar with what they are or how they might notice the symptoms of one. People who have brain aneurysms commonly are unaware of them because they can be free of symptoms until the problem becomes serious.
With the devastating effects cancer can have on the body, a proper and timely diagnosis can make the difference between life or death. Washington, as well as the rest of the United States, does not hold all doctors accountable for misdiagnosis. In order to prove a diagnosis error, patients must prove that the doctor was negligent when he or she should have detected the illness, or show that the doctor properly diagnosed the illness but failed to provide adequate care.
In Washington, patients are diagnosed with medical ailments on a daily basis. Timely diagnosis of a serious and life-changing medical condition is imperative to taking steps towards proper treatment or even a cure if available. Yet, some patients are misdiagnosed and possibly at a greater frequency than many realize.
Even Washington residents who have had good relationships with their doctors over a period of years might find themselves in situations when they feel a second opinion could be useful. Knowing when to seek a second medical opinion as well as how to seek a second opinion is an important way of protecting oneself and advocating for one's own health.
Many in Seattle may have a good understanding of the pressure that doctors are under to properly diagnose their patients. That pressure may be even greater in the emergency department, where the potentially grave situations physicians encounter force them to make split-second decisions. Still, it is expected that ED doctors exercise all due diligence in examining patients and interpreting their symptoms and results carefully in order to arrive at the right diagnosis.
With the prevalence of heart disease in America today, it is important for people in Washington to have a good understanding of some of the signs of a potential heart attack. It is also very important for people to know that the symptoms of a heart attack often vary quite a bit between men and women.