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Misdiagnosing hypertension

Apr 21, 2017 | Failure to Diagnose

Some New York patients who have hypertension are misdiagnosed. When hypertension is not diagnosed or if people have delayed diagnoses of the condition, they may suffer from complications. People who have hypertension may also delay going to their doctors because they may initially not have noticeable symptoms.

Early symptoms of hypertension may include headaches and nosebleeds. Doctors may mistake these symptoms of the condition as simply being what they are. When complications do arise, they may be life-threatening. Getting regular medical care is important so that people can be diagnosed with hypertension if they develop it.

Adults should have blood pressures that are below 140/90mmHg. Hypertension may be diagnosed by doctors conducting series of blood pressure readings along with reviewing the medical histories and other factors that may affect blood pressure. While blood pressure may vary depending on external factors, adults who consistently have readings above 120/80mmHg are considered to have pre-hypertension. This group of people should receive regular monitoring to make certain that their blood pressure does not continue increasing over time. Of the 50 million Americans who are estimated to have hypertension, around 30 percent have not been diagnosed yet.

When people are not diagnosed with hypertension, they may develop potentially deadly complications, including kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, cardiovascular disease and others. People who have been misdiagnosed and who have suffered harm as a result may want to consult with medical malpractice lawyers who can analyze the medical records to determine whether or not the diagnostic failures caused the harm. They will also obtain the opinions of one or more medical experts in order to see whether the filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit would be advisable.