Fatal Strokes Misdiagnosed in Women, Minorities and Young People

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Thousands of patients with early signs of potentially disabling strokes, such as dizziness and headaches, are dismissed by doctors each year, according to new research by Johns Hopkins University.

Women, minorities and young people under 45 years were seen to be significantly more likely to be misdiagnosed in the week before experiencing a debilitating stroke.


Findings were taken from a review of medical records and reported in the journal Diagnosis. Younger people were found to be seven times more likely to be given an incorrect diagnosis and sent home without treatment after visiting ER complaining of dizziness or headache, according to the research. Continue reading