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UK Student Diagnoses His Rare Heart Illness Through Wikipedia

by Kathy Jones on  April 03, 2011 at 9:41 PM Heart Disease News   - G J E 4
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A UK student has finally diagnosed his rare heart illness himself thanks to Wikipedia even after 10 docs fobbed him off.

Edward Green, 26, spent eight years being told his symptoms were harmless even though he was once rushed to hospital after collapsing at his home, reports the Sun.
 UK Student Diagnoses His Rare Heart Illness Through Wikipedia
UK Student Diagnoses His Rare Heart Illness Through Wikipedia

Finally he typed "high heart rate" and "chronic fatigue" in Google and hit on a Wikipedia article about Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia.

Computing student Green, of Worcester, showed his GP, who had never heard of the illness but referred him to a specialist who confirmed he had it.

If left untreated, the condition - which leads to a racing heart and causes dizzy spells - can cause serious coronary damage.

"I was certain something was wrong. No one would listen," said Green, now on pills.

Since having his fears confirmed his GP has even struck him off, citing an "irretrievable breakdown in the doctor-patient relationship".

"He's been ill since he was 18 but was fobbed off by doctor after doctor," said his mother Annette.

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