Grant individuals diagnosed with asthma the option of an electrocardiogram (ECG)
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Asthma UK estimates there are 5.4 million sufferers of Asthma within the UK, 1 in every 13 people, and at the age of 16 the NHS diagnosed me as one of those. However this was a misdiagnosis, one which many face, potentially explaining why this figure seems so high. I had a major defect, something which could've been detected with an electrocardiogram (ECG).
I was a lucky individual, a Costa coffee brought about palpitations which then resulted in a visit to Warrington A&E, here I underwent an electrocardiogram, which soon identified a heart defect, one which untreated would have killed me. The ECG in the long-run allowed me to be treated, yet many individuals are not so lucky, a late diagnosis can mean individuals are no longer treatable, I met one women in her early 20s, she was genuinely lovely, and yet she was told her heart had deteriorated to the stage the NHS would no longer treat her.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is an effective, and cost efficient, way of detecting heart defects. Many individuals are diagnosed with asthma rather than a form of heart defect due to shared traits, such as breathlessness and a fast heart, yet the NHS often treats asthma as a dead end, issues are not often investigated further.
By granting access to an ECG to those diagnosed with asthma, the health service could detect with relative ease if individuals had a further problem, preventing potential misdiagnosis, saving both lives and money. Lives may be saved by allowing individuals to be granted the correct treatment and at a far earlier stage, while misdiagnosis is arguably one of the greatest, and most useless, costs to the health service. Misdiagnosis often leads to individuals being granted inefficient, costly drugs, as well as not facing the required treatment, which can lead to eventual pressure on the health service through areas such as A&E, at a far higher cost than an electrocardiogram.
This is a reform which can potentially save lives, and make the National Health Service potentially far more efficient, especially when it comes to tackling heart disease, the leading cause of death for men within the UK and second most common cause of death for women. I hope, with support, that this reform can be made possible. It was to late for this reform to help me, but I survived, yet others are within our country facing the possibility of death without even knowing so, this reform could tackle that, and save lives by giving them much needed treatment, we must get this done for them.
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