Stroke Often Missed in ERs, Study Finds

Women, minorities and younger adults most likely to be misdiagnosed:  

MONDAY, April 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Early signs and symptoms of stroke are often missed by emergency department doctors, a new study finds.

Every year, tens of thousands of Americans with symptoms such as dizziness or headache are misdiagnosed in the ER in the days or weeks before they suffer a stroke, according to the researchers.

Women, minorities and those under age 45 are the most likely to be misdiagnosed, according to the study published online April 3 in the journal Diagnosis.

“It’s clear that ER physicians need to be more discerning and vigilant in ruling out stroke, even in younger people,” study leader Dr. David Newman-Toker, an associate professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, said in a Hopkins news release.

“Although stroke is less common in [younger people], we need to be more attuned to the possibility, particularly when the presenting complaint is dizziness or headache,” Newman-Toker added. Read More