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Link found between undiagnosed diabetes and heart attacks

Montana readers may be interested to learn that new research has revealed a connection between undiagnosed diabetes and heart attacks. The research was presented at the Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Session 2014 conducted by the American Heart Association.

The study included 2,854 heart attack patients who were not aware that they had diabetes. Doctors failed to properly diagnose diabetes in 69 percent of the patients, according to the data collected. Failure to diagnose a condition that leads to an adverse health event such as a heart attack could result in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

The researchers discovered diabetes in heart attack patients by testing their A1C levels. A patient's blood-sugar levels from the past two or three months can be determined by his or her A1C levels. It is important to diagnose the condition in heart attack patients because of the connection between diabetes and heart disease.

Currently in the United States, there are nearly 26 million people diagnosed with diabetes, and the condition raises a person's risk for heart attack significantly. According to the AHA, two out of three people diagnosed with diabetes will die due to heart disease, and the Heart Foundation estimates that by 2020, the leading cause of death worldwide will be cardiovascular disease.

A missed diagnosis of diabetes or other serious illnesses may result in a negative health outcome. A hospital or physician may be held civilly liable to pay for medical expenses and other costs associated with a missed diagnosis. A personal injury attorney might provide legal advice and representation for a plaintiff.

Source: Medical Daily, "Diabetes May Cause Heart Attacks When Doctors Fail To Diagnosis The Disease", Samantha Olson, June 03, 2014

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