COVID-19 has changed healthcare in many ways, and that includes matters of the heart.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – COVID-19 has been part of our lives for more than 500 days. It has changed healthcare in many ways, and that includes matters of the heart.
While the COVID fight was raging, the interventional cardiologist talked to CHI St. Vincent, Dr. Anthony Flether, noted changes, and not all badly.
First there is telemedicine.
“Telehealth actually existed before COVID,” said Dr. Flether. “But there were many barriers to its use, and so it wasn’t as widely used as it was when we started COVID. Telemedicine is sure to stay, and I think we’ll see how this unfolds over time. “
Another positive aspect is that we have creatively found ways to stay together with families.
“We had to talk to each other, you know, we spent more time watching movies or playing games or something with the family, and I think the family unit is a form of security and also helps us manage our stresses.” “Said Dr. Flether.
But now the negative – starting with a COVID phenomenon, dangerous procrastination.
“Many patients somehow denied symptoms or put off symptoms for minimization because they were more afraid of the hidden than of their hearts,” said Dr. Flether.
Then there is the COVID change, which is more widespread.
“We have what we call the COVID weight gain – which was certainly caused by the advent of COVID,” he said.
For a cardiologist, weight gain has nothing to do with how you look.
“It has to do with blood pressure,” he says. “It has to do with sugar. It has to do with conditioning, with worsening heart failure. “
Dr. Fletcher’s COVID message reads: Know your numbers. Get regular examinations in every form, exercise and, above all, do not give up.
“I think these are the ways we can move forward, and maybe we can see this pandemic as an opportunity to get back to basics,” he said. “Here are the things we can do to lead a healthy, productive lifestyle, and perhaps a long healthy lifestyle, if we do the right things.”
Number one on Doctor Fletcher’s list – get the shot.