Covid-19 and your health: why you shouldn’t ignore symptoms of a heart attack or stroke

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Amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, a disturbing trend seems to be emerging related to the number of heart and stroke patients seeking medical care. While that may seem like a good thing, experts say that may not be the case.

Since the pandemic began, cardiologists with the Cardiovascular Institute of the South say they’ve seen a 22 percent decrease in the number of patients seeking help for heart attack. And they’re not alone, the latest research shows those seeking medical care for a heart attack has gone down 38 percent. And for stroke, that number is even higher. Doctors say the fear is that patients are ignoring symptoms for fear of exposure to the coronavirus.

“There are a lot of multiple factors that probably led the patients not to seek medical advice,” CIS’s Dr. Amit Patel told us. “but I think currently the big one is, in fact, they’re afraid of having exposure to coronavirus.”

Doctors say while the fear of exposure is certainly understandable, it’s important to remember that physicians, emergency workers, and hospitals are taking every precaution to keep patients safe. And since one person dies every 37 seconds in the U.S., it’s important that patients NOT forgo treatment if they’re having symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, because there could be dire consequences down the road.

Dr. Patel says of a patient who may survive a heart attack or stroke at home, “They may present to the emergency room at later stage with much more serious situation and sometimes it’s difficult to revive them. It’ll be less likely they’ll be coming out of the hospital.”

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Cardiovascular Institute of the South was founded in 1983 by Dr. Craig Walker, who first established the company as a one-physician practice in Houma, Louisiana. Driven by a desire to serve and heal people in his community, Dr. Walker envisioned CIS as a leader in the development of new techniques and technologies in the treatment of both coronary and peripheral artery diseases.

Today, CIS continues to grow and expand to multiple locations striving to make the most advanced cardiovascular care accessible to a wide spectrum of communities across Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. We believe that our unwavering dedication to the CIS mission of providing the highest quality cardiovascular care has truly been the cornerstone of this successful growth.

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