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Undiagnosed diabetes connected to heart attack risk

Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jun 20, 2014 in Medical Malpractice

Patients rely on the professional experience of their doctors to provide sound medical advice and diagnoses. Based on specific health symptoms or risk factors, medical professionals may order tests to diagnose certain conditions. This way, a treatment regimen can be started to help a patient work toward health.

Diabetes is a frequently diagnosed medical condition that affects many people. According to the American Diabetes Association, however, as many as 7 million Americans are living without having the condition diagnosed. This, in turn, can lead to a number of health complications, including heart disease.

A recently released study demonstrates the effects of undiagnosed cases of diabetes. Nearly 10 percent of heart attacks are caused by diabetes that went unnoticed until the severe health event, according to a study released by the American Heart Association. The problem is that dangerously high levels of blood sugar, which persist with unchecked diabetes, cause heart attacks.

The heart attack victims included in the study were tested for diabetes shortly after suffering cardiac arrest. Knowing that one in 10 of these patients were diagnosed with diabetes with a single test, many may be wondering why their doctors hadn't screened for the condition earlier on. If more precautions had been taken, perhaps many of the heart attacks could have been prevented with treatment.

If doctors miss obvious warning signs of diabetes that eventually contributed to a heart attack, negligence may be a factor. When looking at failure to diagnose cases in terms of medical malpractice, many might consider instances which an undetected condition progresses without intervention. Although the connection between undiagnosed diabetes and potentially fatal heart attacks is a slightly different scenario, patients still deserve attentive care.

Source: Medical Daily, "Diabetes May Cause Heart Attacks When Doctors Fail To Diagnosis The Disease," Samantha Olson, June 3, 2014