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ER Doctors Commonly Miss More Strokes Among Women, Minorities and Younger Patients

ER Doctors Commonly Miss More Strokes Among Women, Minorities and Younger Patients

Analyzing federal health care data, a team of researchers led by a Johns Hopkins specialist concluded that doctors overlook or discount the early signs of potentially disabling strokes in tens of thousands of American each year, a large number of them visitors to emergency rooms complaining of dizziness or headaches.

The findings from the medical records review, reported online April 3 in the journal Diagnosis, show that women, minorities and people under the age of 45 who have these symptoms of stroke were significantly more likely to be misdiagnosed in the week prior to sustaining a debilitating stroke. Younger people in the study were nearly seven times more likely to be given an incorrect diagnosis and sent home without treatment despite such symptoms.

"Smarter" Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes

“Smarter” Blood Pressure Guidelines Could Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes

Care that emphasizes patients’ risks of heart disease could prevent up to 180,000 more heart attacks and strokes a year using less medication over all

A new way of using blood pressure-lowering medications could prevent heart attacks and strokes by more than a fourth – up to 180,000 a year – while using less medication overall, according to new research from the University of Michigan Health System and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

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