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When doctors fail to recognize stroke symptoms

As is the case for many types of medical conditions, stroke victims can benefit vastly and often see notable improvement if they can access prompt diagnosis and treatment. Unfortunately, when health care providers overlook or misdiagnose stroke symptoms, patients may not get the care they need in time. In the best case scenario, such a mistake may set back recovery signficantly; in the worst case, the patient may die as a result. How fast a stroke victim gets the right treatment can substantially affect ultimate outcomes.

Was your stroke misdiagnosed? You are not alone

Having a stroke can be a devastating event. It can potentially lead to permanently impaired mental capacity or death. Timely diagnosis and treatment are necessary to reduce the severe effects of a stroke. Unfortunately, misdiagnosis is common. According to a recent study, early symptoms of stroke are commonly missed by emergency room doctors. Women, minorities and young people are especially at risk.

3 things to do if your breast cancer was misdiagnosed

Despite being one of the most prevalent and consequential forms of cancer, breast cancer is often misdiagnosed. Whether your doctor failed to diagnose or delayed the diagnosis of your breast cancer, this type of medical malpractice has serious implications. Survival can depend heavily on early diagnosis and treatment.

Can cancer be misdiagnosed?

Yes, cancer can be misdiagnosed -- or diagnosed too late. In one type of misdiagnosis, doctors tell patients they have cancer. Later, they find out they do not. This can happen when doctors misread screening tests. For example, a colorectal cancer test requires proper preparation of the bowels. If they are not, a misreading of the test results could be more likely. This type of misdiagnosis can cause huge emotional suffering, but in many cases, there are no long-term physical effects. That said, some people diagnosed with cancer undergo harsh chemotherapy and other unneeded procedures before the truth comes out.

Is gestational diabetes easy to diagnose?

Gestational diabetes is diabetes that appears in a woman during a pregnancy. If it is not diagnosed and treated, the repercussions can be serious. For example, babies may grow too large in the womb, and delivery can be extremely complicated. Injuries to the woman and/or child might result.

Complications associated with cesarean sections

Cesarean sections have become increasingly common over the years. As an expectant mother, you stand what AmericanPregnancy.org notes is a more than one in four chance of delivering your baby through this method. Sometimes, C-sections are completely unplanned and necessary because the birth process does not progress normally, among other reasons.

What are the risks if your doctor chooses to induce labor?

There is always a risk to mother and child during the course of a pregnancy, regardless of the mother's age, medical history or physical health. Naturally, issues in any of these areas can increase the risk of complications, but so too can the things doctors do that are often done with the best intentions.

5 Steps you can take to avoid a medical mistake

Going to the hospital can be terrifying, even if you're there for a simple, routine procedure. That's because we oftentimes hear stories on the news or from people we know describing instances in which negligence at a hospital led to a serious or fatal medical mistake. For a lot of people, though, in the back of their minds, they wonder how often a medical mistake really happens.