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Failure to diagnose heart disease affects many elderly people

Falling ill can be a trying experience. Besides feeling sick or being in pain, individuals can suffer from tremendous stress when they do not know what is causing their condition. For this reason, doctors and nurses are trained to accurately diagnose patients' illnesses and treat them accordingly. While this may seem like a simple, everyday medical task, a diagnosis can often go wrong. When there is a failure to diagnose a condition, a patient can face an even worse situation, which could potential lead to permanent injury or death. The seriousness of misdiagnosis should concern Miami residents, and they may want to consider a recently published medical study regarding failure to detect heart disease.

According to the study, one in four very elderly suffers from undiagnosed heart disease. The research suggests that most of those undiagnosed could have their condition successfully treated with medication. While the article does not specify the reason for the failure to detect heart disease, it is important to consider whether doctors are responsible for the oversight.

When doctors are busy, stressed and inattentive, symptoms of illness can be overlooked. When this occurs, injury, or even death, could occur. A victim can become debilitated and victims' families can be overcome with grief. To make matters worse, along with the physical and emotional toll comes financial burden. Worsened conditions result in the need for long-term care, and death leads to funeral costs. These expenses should not be thrown upon undeserving victims and their families.

Fortunately, a medical malpractice suit can help those harmed by a failed diagnosis recover their costs. Compensation for medical expenses andpain and suffering can be recovered. These awards will ensure that victims will receive the care they need to return to the quality of life they deserve.

Patients should be able to trust their doctors to diagnose their conditions accurately. Anything less is unacceptable, and those who cause pain through their negligence should pay for the harm they have caused.

Source: onmedica.com, "Heart failure often missed in the very elderly," Louise Prime, July 25, 2012

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