Misdiagnosis of Cardiac arrest
Misdiagnosis of Cardiac arrest
Making a diagnosis and treating cardiac arrest can be delayed or missed because in some cases the person is alone when it occurs and cannot call for help because of an immediate loss of consciousness. In addition, when a person loses consciousness, it may be initially be mistaken by bystanders as fainting or a seizure.
In some cases, there may be some "warning" symptoms prior to a cardiac arrest, such as chest pain or dizziness. These symptoms can be similar to symptoms of other conditions, such as GERD, heartburn, anxiety attack, or mitral valve prolapse....more about Cardiac arrest »
Cardiac arrest misdiagnosis:
Cardiac arrest is not usually misdiagnosed....more about Cardiac arrest »
Cardiac arrest: Hidden Causes Misdiagnosed?
Causes of Cardiac arrest may include these medical conditions:
Cardiac arrest: Medical Mistakes
Related medical mistakes may include:
Cardiac arrest: Undiagnosed Conditions
Commonly undiagnosed conditions in related areas may include:
Common Misdiagnoses and Cardiac arrest
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.
Cardiac arrest: Rare Types
Rare types of medical disorders and diseases in related medical areas:
Medical news summaries about misdiagnosis of Cardiac arrest:
The following medical news items
are relevant to misdiagnosis of Cardiac arrest:
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Cardiac arrest
or confirming a diagnosis of Cardiac arrest,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Cardiac arrest may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Cardiac arrest.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.
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