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Diastolic heart failure more prevalent than once believed

There are several reasons for heart failure, but one common cause is when the left ventricle no longer has the ability to fill with blood during the relaxation phase, also known as the diastolic phase. At that point, there is little blood in the heart, which means blood can't be pumped to the body in the right increments.

New technique using squid ink could replace dental probing

A mouthful of squid ink may not sound like something you'd want in your life, but it could help replace the probes used to test for gum disease. Presently, dentists use sharp instruments to look at patients' mouths for signs of gum disease. This is painful and often bloody for patients, and it's frustrating to dentists and hygienists who have to worry about missing symptoms due to patients' fears.

A failed diagnosis could mean death for a patient

An interesting factoid about medical malpractice is that the top cause for suing doctors comes down to a failure to diagnose a patient's problems. No, making mistakes in the operating room or giving out the wrong medications doesn't top the list; not knowing what ails a patient is.

What are some common misdiagnoses?

There are many different medical conditions people suffer from that doctors can misdiagnose or not diagnose at all. Delayed diagnoses and missed diagnoses put people's lives at risk, which is why it's so important for medical providers to do all they can to identify a person's health issue as quickly and accurately as possible.

What is spinal stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. Over time, this can place pressure on the spinal cord, which can result in significant pain, numbness and other concerns. Usually, spinal stenosis is part of the aging process, but injuries can impact it. Whenever the discs and spaces between them degenerate, it's dangerous for the body.

Ovarian cysts: A correct diagnosis is necessary for treatment

Ovarian cysts are common among women. They are often misdiagnosed, which results in delayed treatment, because symptoms vary and mimic other problems. Some women won't know they have ovarian cysts because they have no symptoms. Others have mild symptoms like a dull ache in the stomach or a slight fever.

Misdiagnosing a brain injury can have devastating consequences

A misdiagnosis of brain swelling can be devastating to a patient. When the brain swells, quick action needs to be taken to release pressure. Unlike other parts of the body, the brain is trapped inside a hard skull, which does not flex or expand when the brain swells. Since this is the case, brain swelling can actually lead to severe injuries that may worsen if the swelling is not reduced quickly.

Can you file a lawsuit if you suffer from a misdiagnosis?

If you suffer from a misdiagnosis, it can easily change your life. For example, if you had an early stage of cancer that was misdiagnosed, then the diagnosis you do receive could happen so much later that it's too late to receive treatment at all.

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