by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters
As Audre Lorde once warned us:
“My silences have not protected me. Your silences will not protect you. Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.”
I am exquisitely aware that when I write or speak about the subject of diagnostic error in medicine, some people will feel uncomfortable. It’s difficult to talk about being misdiagnosed in mid-heart attack and sent home from Emergency while somehow making that story sound flattering to the medical profession. . . Continue reading “Diagnostic error: will it go away if we just don’t talk about it?”
by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters ♥ June 16, 2019
Dr. Jennifer Co-Vu is a pediatric cardiologist at the University of Florida Congenital Heart Center. She recently shared on Twitter a chilling report of what happened when 911 was called to help her own mother-in-law who was experiencing crushing chest pain. The ambulance arrived quickly, but paramedics told this 65-year old woman with diabetes that she was having a panic attack.
Unlike other women who are misdiagnosed in mid-heart attack, however, this patient had immediate access to something few of us have: doctors in her family. .. Continue reading “A cardiologist’s own family calls 911 – but has to beg for help”