Don’t wait! Call a doctor!
Cardiovascular disease is still the leading cause of death worldwide. If you or someone you know is experiencing cardiac symptoms, seek medical care without delay. There is a much higher risk to delaying care than there is of contracting a severe form of COVID-19 in a controlled environment such as a hospital or doctor’s office.
A survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cardiovascular health, conducted by the Instituto Cardiovascular de Buenos Aires (Argentina) with 6,000 patients during the first wave, showed that:
- Close to 45% of patients thought it was their duty to avoid hospitals, and 55% would consult only if severe symptoms
- Half of patients postponed a consultation, and 40% postponed all of their check-ups indefinitely.