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Failure to diagnose diabetes may lead to heart attacks

When going to the doctor for treatment, you expect that the doctor will give you a thorough checkup that will help to determine if anything is amiss. In some cases, doctors are missing out on some diseases and conditions, which is putting patients at risk. A new connection has been found between undiagnosed diabetes and heart attacks. This connection shows that failure to diagnose a patient properly can have serious consequences.

The study reviewed information from 2,854 heart attack patients from 24 American hospitals. Those patients weren’t aware they had diabetes, but researchers tested the A1C levels to determine the diabetes status of the patients. The study concluded that in 10 percent of people, heart attacks are associated with diabetes that hasn’t been diagnosed.

In 69 percent of the study patients, doctors didn’t recognize the signs of diabetes in the patients. Had they only checked A1C levels in the midst of the heart attack, they could have increased the chance of discovering the diabetes by 17 times.

As the incidence of heart attacks and diabetes rise, it is important for doctors to recognize the signs of both conditions. If doctors can recognize diabetes early on, it might be possible to work with the patient to reduce excess weight and to add other lifestyle changes that can minimize the risk of cardiovascular complications that can lead to a heart attack.

When doctors fail to diagnose conditions properly, serious harm can come to the patient. Kentucky residents harmed by a failure to diagnose can seek compensation via a civil process.

Source: Medical Day, “Diabetes May Cause Heart Attacks When Doctors Fail To Diagnosis The Disease” Samantha Olson, Jun. 03, 2014

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