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Misdiagnosis of Arrhythmias

Misdiagnosis of Arrhythmias

Diagnosing an arrhythmia and its cause may be delayed or missed because in some cases the symptoms may not be severe or bothersome enough for a person to seek medical care. Some people may be unaware that they are experiencing symptoms of an arrhythmia. In addition, some symptoms of arrhythmia, such as palpitations and lightheadedness are similar to symptoms of other conditions. These include stress, anxiety attack or perimenopause.

An arrhythmia can be a symptom of some serious diseases, such as heart disease, so a thorough medical evaluation is needed to ensure an accurate diagnosis is made for the reason for the arrhythmia....more about Arrhythmias »

Arrhythmias misdiagnosis: An intermittent arrhythmia may be difficult to diagnose; as such, portable devices that monitor the heartbeat can be worn for several days while the information is transmitted to the doctor....more about Arrhythmias »

Diseases for which Arrhythmias may be an alternative diagnosis

The other diseases for which Arrhythmias is listed as a possible alternative diagnosis in their lists include:

Arrhythmias: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?

Causes of Arrhythmias may include these medical conditions:

Rare Types of Arrhythmias:

Arrhythmias: Medical Mistakes

Related medical mistakes may include:

Arrhythmias: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:

Common Misdiagnoses and Arrhythmias

Heart attacks can be undiagnosed: Although the most severe symptoms of heart attack are hard to miss, there are varying degrees of severity. It is altogether too common for people to die from undiagnosed heart attack, or from delaying too long to call for emergency help. The prognosis for treatment is far better for patients treated in the early stages of a heart attack. The most common misdiagnoses include heartburn, or other less severe causes of chest pain. See the introduction to heart attack and the symptoms of heart attack.

Heart attacks can be overdiagnosed: Although many people die from heart attacks, there are also many cases where people fear that they have a heart attack, but actually have something milder. Some of the conditions which may be causes of chest pain, causing fear of a heart attack, including an anxiety attack, heartburn, and so on. See the causes of chest pain and the symptoms of heart attack.

Rare heart condition often undiagnosed: The rare heart condition called long QT syndrome can lead to episodes of palpitations and rapid heartbeat. In rare cases, this undiagnosed condition can be fatal. It should be considered for any unexplained heart rhythm abnormality.

Heart attack can be over-diagnosed: Although heart attack is often undiagnosed, leading to fatality, it can also be over-diagnosed. People become concerned that a condition is a heart attack, whereas there are various less dangerous possibilities. After all, there are numerous causes of chest pain. Some of the common conditions where a person may become concerned about a possible heart attack include a panic attack (which often has both chest pain and difficulty breathing), and heartburn/reflux type conditions. Nevertheless, chest pain itself can be a potentially life-threatening symptoms, and needs immediate professional attention.

Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure. The "cuff" around the arm to measure blood pressure can simply be too small to accurately test a child's blood pressure. This can lead to an incorrect diagnosis of a child with hypertension. The problem even has a name unofficially: "small cuff syndrome". See misdiagnosis of hypertension.

Hypertension misdiagnosis common in children: Hypertension is often misdiagnosed in adults (see misdiagnosis of hypertension), but its misdiagnosis is even more likely in children. Some of the symptoms of hypertension that can be overlooked include chest pain, headaches, abdominal pain, etc. See symptoms of hypertension or misdiagnosis of hypertension.

Arrhythmias: Rare Types

Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:

Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Arrhythmias:

The following medical news items are relevant to misdiagnosis of Arrhythmias:

Misdiagnosis and Arrhythmias deaths

Arrhythmias is a condition that can possibly be deadly if misdiagnosed...more »

General Misdiagnosis Articles

Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.

About misdiagnosis:

When checking for a misdiagnosis of Arrhythmias or confirming a diagnosis of Arrhythmias, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Arrhythmias may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Arrhythmias. For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases, see Overview of Misdiagnosis.

 

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