Today, we are living in an unprecedented time as the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic. While many Americans continue to practice social distancing, and as elected officials figure out a way to open up, a new threat to public health has emerged that could put millions of lives in danger: people are more fearful to go to the hospital or call 9-1-1 than go to the grocery store, pharmacy or beach.
A leading cardiologist, Dr. Garratt, former president of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions wants to remind you that cardiovascular disease does not stop for coronavirus. In fact, for people suffering from a heart attack or a stroke, every second counts and hesitating to seek help could mean the difference between life and death. The Seconds Still Count campaign was set up specifically to remind Americans that it is safe to go to the hospital if you are having an emergency. Most critically, if you think you are having a heart attack, don’t delay care because you’re afraid of catching COVID-19. The care providers in the hospital are ready to take care of you effectively and safely.