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Can you have several heart attacks and not know?

Can you have several heart attacks and not know?

You can have a heart attack and not even know it. A silent heart attack, known as a silent myocardial infarction (SMI), account for 45% of heart attacks and strike men more than women.

Can you have an undiagnosed heart condition?

Estimates suggest that 3.7 million Americans have an undiagnosed heart condition. Heart conditions can affect everyone, regardless of age, gender or physical fitness, and can get better or worse as we age. Heart screenings can be life saving.

Which is an example of an undiagnosed disease?

Statistics on the frequency of missed diagnoses vary according to the symptoms or the eventual diagnosis. Some examples are: Glaucoma: estimated 1.5 million patients in the US are undiagnosed 3  Sleep Apnea: estimated 23.5 million patients in the US are undiagnosed 4 

What is an example of a missed diagnosis?

Ovarian Cancer: because women can go for many months without symptoms, and because those symptoms are usually thought to be more like gastrointestinal related problems, it is not uncommon for these diagnoses to be missed. 5  These are examples only. A missed diagnosis can occur in almost any disease or condition.

What happens when you can’t get a diagnosis?

There may be conflicts among the drugs or supplements the patient already takes, leading to symptoms caused by those conflicts. There are many diagnoses that do not have definitive tests used to determine them, or which can’t be truly diagnosed until a patient has died (upon autopsy).

Can a misdiagnosis of gut problems make your symptoms worse?

That’s the thinking in a new book, co-authored by a leading gastroenterologist, which suggests this misdiagnosis means patients can spend years without treatment — or receiving the wrong treatment, which could make symptoms worse. Michelle O’Connor was one of those affected. For 22 years she struggled with debilitating gut symptoms.