Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women. It claims as many as 333,000 of their lives across the world each year. It kills more women than diabetes, respiratory disease or cancer. A woman is less likely to survive their first heart attack than a man is. Although most doctors know this information, they often diagnose them with something else other than heart disease before settling on it.
Each day across the United States, patients are misdiagnosed as having one medical condition when they really have a completely different one.
A study recently published by researchers at both Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke suggests that doctors' fears of being sued for medical malpractice may motivate doctors to order 5 percent more tests than they otherwise would. They apparently do this even though the research shows that the added testing has failed to yield a reduction in the filing of medical malpractice cases.
A study published just this month by researchers at Stanford University captures how doctors struggle with both mental and physcial fatigue and how this may impact their ability to render timely diagnoses.
With a medical condition like cancer, the likelihood that a patient will survive such an illness is contingent upon how soon he or she is diagnosed and how quickly he or she begins treatment for it.
As patients, one of perhaps our greatest fears is going to see the doctor and him or her not being able to make a definitive diagnosis of what ails us. The other is likely hearing that we're suffering from some type of debilitating or terminal illness and having to confront the unknown.When it comes to medical conditions that are often misdiagnosed, there quite a few.
Each day across the United States, any number of patients will be wrongfully diagnosed with one condition when they actually have another. There are often one of three reasons misdiagnoses occur.
A physician who formerly worked within the Arizona state prison system was called to testify about the quality of care it offers inmates. The doctor spoke at a hearing in Phoenix on Tuesday, Feb. 27. During that hearing, she recounted how, in numerous instances, requests for inmates to receive urgent medical attention or consultations with specialists were denied.
Heart disease kills one out of every four women in the United States, easily making it the leading cause of death among females in this country.
Although most aren't diagnosed with Alzeimer's disease until they reach their 60s, early signs of the debilitating illness start appearing as early as 20 years before that. If doctors were to recognize those earliest signs of disease, they'd likely be able to prescribe drugs already in existence on the market that could greatly slow memory loss that's associated with it.