Law Offices of Salazar, Sullivan & Jasionowski
Menu Contact

Timely diabetes diagnosis imperative for patient health

When a loved one has a medical emergency, we expect doctors and hospital staff to properly diagnose what happened and what caused it. With this expectation, we put a lot of trust and confidence in our doctors to run the right tests and make the right calls when it comes to diagnosing. However, it is this high level of trust that makes failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis cases especially difficult to emotionally deal with.

Recently, researchers found a connection between heart attacks and undiagnosed diabetes. The findings of this study were shared at an American Heart Association's conference. Given the fact that the connection was found between undiagnosed diabetes and heart attacks, one can clearly see the importance of being properly diagnosed in a timely manner.

To get these findings, researchers analyzed patient records at 24 hospitals in the U.S. These records included 2,854 heart attack patients with diabetes. However, at the onset, these heart attack patients did not know they had diabetes. Rather, it was not until their A1C levels were checked that these patients were properly diagnosed. 

This is particularly alarming, considering the fact that the American Heart Association reports that cardiovascular disease is the cause of death for two out of every three people with diabetes. Additionally, since diabetes can cause blood sugar levels to dangerously spike, this increases the risk of heart attack. Given the reported connection, one would assume the earlier a diabetes diagnosis, the better for the patient.

In the end, the takeaway is that it is imperative for doctors to recognize the symptoms of diabetes and order the correct tests to get the proper diagnosis. 

Source: Medical Daily, "Diabetes May Cause Heart Attacks When Doctors Fail To Diagnosis The Disease," Samantha Olson, June 3, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Contact Salazar, Sullivan & Jasionowski today to learn more about how we can help you.

Call our firm at 505-349-4003 or toll free at 888-819-2544.

Email Us For A Response

Get Help Today

Get Help Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Map + Driving Directions
Law Offices of Salazar, Sullivan & Jasionowski

100 Gold Avenue SW, Suite 201
Albuquerque, NM 87102-3476

Toll Free: 888-819-2544
Phone: 505-349-4003
Fax: 505-314-1419
Albuquerque Law Office

Review Us