COVID-19 descended on us in early March and has not only changed the world around us but also turned our own worlds upside down. This hasn’t stopped people from doing essential tasks. We all put on our masks and place a small bottle of sanitizer in our pocket and go to the grocery store, careful to practice social distancing as we shop for our families.
We at Woodholme feel your health carries the same priority. If you have a scheduled appointment or have a symptom that you are at all worried about that could be cardiac, we think you should be safely evaluated and we can safely do that one of three ways:
- Telehealth visit: Most people have smartphones which allows a Woodholme doctor to either address your complaint or continue to ensure you are practicing good preventive care so that your heart condition does not flare up. This can be done without you leaving the safety of your own home. For an elderly or non-English-speaking parent we can conference in a family member.
- Phone visit: For those without the ability to video chat, we can talk to you over the phone to take a careful history, review your meds and address your concerns.
- In-office visits: Good old-fashioned face-to face visits remain the most appropriate way to troubleshoot potential cardiac issues. Woodholme Cardiovascular is fully operational, and when appropriate, we can see you or test you any day of the work week. We are compliant with all current guidelines and are screening people for COVID-19 symptoms and are asking everyone to wear masks and sanitize rooms between visits.
Patients are understandably fearful to contact an office or emergency room for fear of exposure to the virus, and doctors around the country have noticed many fewer patients are seeking medical attention. Unless fear of Coronavirus cures you of cardiac disease, we fear that patients are unnecessarily putting their hearts and lives at risk by allowing problems to worsen before it is too late. Please value your hearts because we sure do.
Please contact us so we can make sure you stay healthy.
Practice social distancing, wear facemasks in public and let us help take care of you.
The Doctors at Woodholme Cardiovascular Associates