COVID-19 Delays Treatment and Exacerbates Cardiac and Stroke Patient Outcomes: Investigation

According to a new study by health care experts and researchers, Canadians suffering from heart disease and stroke are delayed in diagnosis and treatment due to the continued devastating effects of pandemics on the Canadian health care system. Facing

A national survey sponsored and released by the Heart & Stroke Foundation October 19th, Nine out of ten health professionals and researchers are worried that the health of people suffering from heart disease and stroke has deteriorated because the medical care they need was not always available during the pandemic. I found out that there is.

Eight out of ten respondents say delays in diagnosis and treatment are their number one concern, but more than half expect mental health problems caused by pandemics to be “significant.” ..

From August 16th to September 7th, the survey found a total of 370 medical professionals, including cardiac and brain health researchers, neurologists, cardiologists, family doctors, emergency physicians, and nurses. I investigated the house.

“In the early days of the pandemic, there were multiple shifts in the emergency department, and I didn’t see any patients with heart disease or stroke. I wondered,” Where are you? ” It was as if they had disappeared, “said Claire Atsema, a researcher and emergency physician funded for a heart attack at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center in Toronto. news release..

“But those patients needed care, they needed to be seen. Now we see a wave of patients who need both more and more intensive care. I’m worried that I’ll be doing it. New research is needed to understand how to better manage these diseases. “

According to a previous study conducted by the Foundation, patients with heart disease and stroke are increasingly seeking virtual medical care, with more than 8 out of 10 living with heart disease, stroke, or vascular cognitive impairment. It is reported that you are making a virtual reservation.

The latest study also found that the COVID-19 pandemic poses significant challenges to heart and brain health research, including delaying and discontinuing ongoing trials.

Going forward, respondents have identified three key challenges facing the Canadian healthcare system. It is exhaustion of health care providers, extended waiting times for appointments and procedures, and an increase in the number of patients.

Medical professionals and researchers who participated in the study said that supporting patients with heart disease and stroke through rehabilitation and community services could make a “significant” change in their future work.

Heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death and two of Canada’s three leading causes of death. According to Heart & Stroke, about 1.6 million people in Canada currently suffer from heart disease or stroke.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a Toronto-based Epoch Times reporter.

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