Reports from cardiologists around the world and in our region since April indicate that few patients have had symptoms of heart attack in emergency rooms.
Not because fewer heart attacks occur, but because people are afraid of COVID-19 infection in hospitals.
CHI Memorial Intervention Cardiologist Dr Adi Mandawat said: “I think people are waiting two to three days and often come to the damaged heart muscle, which is different from what we’ve seen. before COVID. , ‘I have chest pain, I really need to go to the emergency room’. ”
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In Atlanta, Dr. Chandan Devireddy from Emory University School of Medicine estimated in May that the region has seen a drop in heart attack rates of between 20 percent and 50 percent. is a month estimate and not data ”
A separate study from the Spanish Heart Association in Spain found a 40% drop earlier this year.
In Chattanooga, Dr. Mandawat said the number of emergency heart attack patients at CHI Memorial has decreased by 25% since the pandemic began.
“Incoming people will get worse and have worse results than in the pre-COVID-19 period,” he said.
Just before the pandemic, Jim Appleberry was pruning trees in Lookout Valley with his father when he felt a chest tightness.
Good habits help you lead a healthy life. But it’s not always clear what actions pave the way for a healthy heart.
Monitoring metrics like heart rate, heart rate, pulse, and blood pressure can be confusing.
Dr. Jonathan Mock, an intervening cardiologist at AdventHealth-Central Texas in Killeen, explains that taking care of your heart isn’t that hard but starting with a healthy diet.
“A heart-healthy diet is eating plenty of fruits, vegetables and meats like poultry and fish,” he said. “Saturated fat and sugar should be limited as well as sugary drinks.”
Although a balanced diet is essential, it is important to understand the difference and relationship between pulse and blood pressure.
“Blood pressure indicates the pressure the vessels are seeing as the body pumps blood to your organs,” Mock said. “Pulse is the number of times the heart pumps blood in a given minute. Although the two are related, they are very different.