Does your blood pressure always read higher in a clinical setting, such as the doctor's office, than when measuring it at home or at the drugstore? If you are otherwise healthy, you may have white coat syndrome, which is simply hypertension that arises as the result of anxiety.
Healthcare providers are not always able to diagnose, treat, and heal their patients. But there's no reason why a patient should leave a doctor's office in worse condition than when he or she arrived.
Further investigations regarding the death of a Baton Rouge woman during an elective surgery have revealed that she died of fat clots that had traveled to her lungs and heart. The incident occurred on December 14, but the Miami-Dade medical examiner's office needed several weeks to complete the investigation.
According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, between 10 and 20 percent of patients who seek treatment for various symptoms are misdiagnosed. Misdiagnoses are so prevalent, in fact, that they are more common than medication mistakes and wrong-site/wrong-procedure/wrong-patient errors, despite the fact that these kinds of mistakes are much more publicized.
When you visit your doctor for a routine physical, does he or she put you at ease? A lot of Americans would likely answer "yes" to this question because many take bedside manner into account when choosing a primary care provider.
Patients place a lot of trust in their healthcare providers, and they deserve to receive a certain standard of care in return. After all, if a doctor makes a mistake, it could literally have life-threatening consequences.
According to Law360, the family that allegedly missed an important fee deadline in the claims process can proceed with their case against the Louisiana-based healthcare facility they believe is responsible for their loved one's death. The deadline in question was for the filing fee that claimants must pay to request a medical review panel.
It's easy to entrust your car to a mechanic or leave able-bodied plumbers to repair your septic tank. When it comes to your health, though, you're literally putting your life in someone else's hands. That's why it can be traumatic to learn a healthcare provider violated your trust by failing to provide a reasonable standard of care.
It's natural to feel a little tense about going to the dentist, but if you experience debilitating nervousness before every visit, you may have dental anxiety or dental phobia. According to Colgate, fear of the dentist is actually fairly common, and up to 40 million Americans suffer from it.
When you hear a car alarm sound on your street, is your first instinct to call the police and let them know someone is trying to break into a vehicle? What about when the smoke alarm in your home sounds? Do you grab your children, run outside, and call the fire department?