Last week on the blog we talked about a new study that found that women are more likely to be misdiagnosed after a heart attack, which leaves them susceptible to serious harm and death. As troubling as the statistics are, the scary reality is that a failure to diagnose can affect anyone.
Many medical conditions can be effectively treated. Those who receive these treatments can see their symptoms reduced or eliminated, their prognosis bettered, and even their condition cured. In most cases, though, the effectiveness of a treatment is dependent upon the accuracy of the diagnosis. Therefore, a failure to diagnosis, a delayed diagnosis, or a misdiagnosis can lead to significant harm, decreased chances of survival, and death.