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Misdiagnosis of heart attack is a problem for women

Women in Georgia may be at a greater risk of being misdiagnosed when they are having a heart attack or stroke. Researchers have found that there is a disparity between misdiagnoses in women and men. Some of the reasons for this disparity could be the way that women present symptoms and the focus of women's health care concerns.

WHO report details widespread medical errors in all care settings

Health care professionals in Georgia strive to provide quality care to patients, but they sometimes fall short. Whether people receive care from a primary doctor, outpatient clinic or a hospital, they could suffer a harmful medical error, according to a report from the World Health Organization.

UCLA study: old TBIs, not Alzheimer's, may cause memory loss

Not all memory loss is caused by Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association estimates that up to 40% of dementia cases are not due to Alzheimer's, and one study shows that some 21% of older adults with dementia are incorrectly diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Residents of Georgia may wonder if there's a way to prevent this confusion, and it just so happens that a new study from UCLA has lit upon one. According to a recent UCLA study, old TBIs, not Alzheimer's, may cause memory loss. 

What is fibroadenoma?

Even with advanced medical technology, misdiagnosis happens all the time. When it comes to breast cancer, a misdiagnosis can delay life-saving treatment and negatively impact a patient's prognosis. Being aware of common conditions that mimic breast cancer can help patients get proper medical treatment while also offering some peace of mind. For instance, a fibroadenoma is a type of non-cancerous tumor that feels similar to breast cancer. BreastCancer.org offers the following information. 

Is my OB-GYN offering quality care?

OB-GYNs are there to assist women with common health issues during every stage of their lives. That's why it's so important to choose a doctor that continually offers quality care. Poor care is frustrating, but it can also lead to a missed diagnosis or a lack of follow-up, both of which can greatly harm a patient. That's why Prevention recommends looking for the following signs, which should trigger a search for a new doctor as soon as possible.

Should I look for a new doctor?

Most people prefer to stick with their family doctor for as long as possible. After all, this person likely knows your medical history inside and out, and you probably feel extremely comfortable in his or her presence after so many years. However, it makes sense to change doctors if you feel as though the care you're being afforded is less than satisfactory. In this case, Men's Health recommends looking for the following red flags, which usually mean that it's time to see another medical professional.

What must you prove in a medical malpractice case?

Should a Georgia health care professional commit a medical error that leaves you injured or ill, you have the right to sue him or her and the facility for which (s)he works for medical malpractice. Unfortunately, preventable medical errors today represent the third leading cause of death in America.

Is it time to find a new doctor?

Finding a primary care doctor you can trust is crucial. You want your doctor to be knowledgeable and professional, but you also want to feel comfortable discussing often intimate details of your health. In some cases, your current doctor may not be up to par. If so, Everyday Health offers the following tips on how to determine whether your doctor is sufficiently meeting your needs. 

Handling the news that you have been misdiagnosed

There is not much else as devastating as being told by your health care provider that cancer has been detected in your body. However, imagine hearing soon after that the crippling news you originally received was actually a misdiagnosis and your condition is not as severe as before. At Webb & Taylor, LLC Attorneys at Law, we have helped many patients in Georgia through complicated situations involving misdiagnoses. 

Can patients be completely safe from medication errors?

Hospitals and medical clinics in Georgia are just as susceptible to medication errors are those throughout the rest of the country. A medication error occurs when a patient is given the wrong medication or the wrong dosage of a medication by a medical professional. Because patients often rely on pharmacists, doctors and nurses to provide the correct medication, they may not know to watch for a problem.

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