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Diagnosis - and misdiagnosis
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Experts: why so wrong, so often?

Experts: why so wrong, so often? | Women and Heart Disease 3 | Scoop.it

Professionally prepared tax returns are more likely to contain significant errors than self-prepared returns. About two-thirds of the research findings published in leading medical journals are refuted within five years. Half of all newspaper articles contain at least one factual error. Women under the age of 55 are in fact seven times more likely than men are to be misdiagnosed in mid-heart attack and sent home. About 5% of autopsies find clinically significant conditions that were missed and could have affected the patient’s survival. And over 40% of medical malpractice suits are for “failure to diagnose.”

 

Why are these "experts" so wrong so much of the time?

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Heart attack – or an attack of heartburn?

Heart attack – or an attack of heartburn? | Women and Heart Disease 3 | Scoop.it
How women can tell the difference between indigestion and heart attack symptoms...

 

Here’s how indigestion may be markedly different from a cardiac event:

 

 - indigestion pain does not spread to other areas of the body like the arm, shoulder, upper back or jaw

 

- indigestion pain is often relieved by taking antacid medications

 

Click on the title to read more of these differences on HEART SISTERS.

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The ’18 Second Rule’: why your doctor missed your heart disease diagnosis

The ’18 Second Rule’: why your doctor missed your heart disease diagnosis | Women and Heart Disease 3 | Scoop.it

Dr. Jerome Groopman:    "Specialization in medicine confers a false sense of certainty that can make it tempting for doctors to interrupt patients as they're describing their symptoms."

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Things your doctor may not know

Things your doctor may not know | Women and Heart Disease 3 | Scoop.it

Is it just me, or is anybody else alarmed at studies that reveal only 9% of E.R. doctors are aware that the radiation from CT scans can increase subsequent risk of cancer in their patients?  Or that, according to a 2005 American Heart Association survey, only 17% of cardiologists are aware of the fact that more women than men die from heart disease each year?

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Coronary Microvascular Disease: a “trash basket diagnosis”?

Coronary Microvascular Disease: a “trash basket diagnosis”? | Women and Heart Disease 3 | Scoop.it

When I was at Mayo Clinic, cardiologists there referred to coronary microvascular disease as a "trash basket diagnosis" - not because the condition doesn't exist, but because this disorder of the tiniest blood vessels in the heart is so often missed entirely. A correct diagnosis usually happens only after all other possible diagnoses are thrown out. It’s far more common in women and in people who have diabetes. It’s treatable, but can be difficult to detect.

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A second opinion from Dr. Google

A second opinion from Dr. Google | Women and Heart Disease 3 | Scoop.it

When she first began discussing her heart condition with her doctor, he told her he "hadn't realized" she was a doctor. She replied: "I'm not a doctor, but I am a very good researcher." He gave "that small, insulting half-laugh that doctors reserve for this response and said that he wasn’t sure he approved of patients doing research."

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Visit HEART SISTERS today

Visit HEART SISTERS today | Women and Heart Disease 3 | Scoop.it

All about women and heart disease, from the unique perspective of Carolyn Thomas, a Mayo Clinic-trained heart attack survivor and women's health advocate. Find out why over 400,000 people from 133 countries turn to Heart Sisters - www.myheartsisters.org  for information about women's heart health. 

 

And to see previous issues of Heart Sisters newsletters here:

 

*  April 2012  issue http://www.scoop.it/t/women-and-heart-disease-2/

*  March 2012 issue http://www.scoop.it/t/women-and-heart-disease/

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Heart attack misdiagnosis in women

Heart attack misdiagnosis in women | Women and Heart Disease 3 | Scoop.it
Younger women are seven times more likely than men to be misdiagnosed and sent home during a heart attack.
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Send a heart-smart Mother's Day card!

Send a heart-smart Mother's Day card! | Women and Heart Disease 3 | Scoop.it

Cards for kids, teens and adults to email to a special Mum this month: Here's an example:

 

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Happy Mother's Day!

 

You've always been there for me, and it's my turn to be there for you.

 

I want you in my life for a long time, so I'm asking you to start making your heart health a priority.

 

Starting this Mother's Day, please take a little time for yourself every day to exercise and relax. And remember to eat your veggies!

 

This card entitles you to a heart-to-heart with me, valid anytime.

 

Love always,

 

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Heart disease – not just a man’s disease anymore

Heart disease – not just a man’s disease anymore | Women and Heart Disease 3 | Scoop.it
Recent studies show that compared with men, women have a 50% greater chance of being delayed in the hospital Emergency Room setting, and that women are less likely to receive the same care as men in the hospital setting generally. "If the thought even crosses your mind that you might be having a heart attack, you need to speak up."... 
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14 reasons to be glad you’re a man when you’re having a heart attack

14 reasons to be glad you’re a man when you’re having a heart attack | Women and Heart Disease 3 | Scoop.it

Some truly depressing facts to contemplate if you're a woman having a heart attack:

 

1. For women under the age of 50, heart attacks are twice as likely to be fatal as men’s.

 

2. Women are twice as likely as men to die within the first few weeks after suffering a heart attack, and 42% of women die within the first year following a heart attack compared to 24% of men.

 

3. Marital stress worsens the prognosis in women with heart disease – but not in men.

 

Find out more depressing facts in this Heart Sisters article.

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Seven ways to misdiagnose a heart attack

Seven ways to misdiagnose a heart attack | Women and Heart Disease 3 | Scoop.it

Did you know that about 5% of autopsies find clinically significant conditions that were missed and could have affected the patient’s survival?

 

Or that 40% of medical malpractice suits are for something called “failure to diagnose”?

 

Or that nearly one in three reported adverse events involve diagnostic errors, and more than 10% of these mistakes result in death?

 

Here are seven identified "thinking errors" that help to explain why doctors make mistakes in their thought processes even when they have the knowledge and ability to think correctly.

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Women’s cardiac care: is it gender difference – or gender bias?

Women’s cardiac care: is it gender difference – or gender bias? | Women and Heart Disease 3 | Scoop.it

Heart disease is much more than an equal opportunity health threat. Women with heart disease are under-diagnosed (and under-treated even when accurately diagnosed) compared to men presenting with the same condition. And we also have more deadly outcomes compared to men.

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