April 29, 2020
Dr. Courtney Baechler, medical director for emerging science centers at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation (MHIF), recently appeared on WCCO Radio’s “Real Talk with Roshini” to discuss how COVID-19 is negatively impacting the number of people seeking care for a possible heart attack or stroke. MHIF recently published a real-time data analysis showing that during this COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a 38 percent reduction in U.S. cardiac catheterization laboratory STEMI activations, which are the standard-of-care treatment for patients with severe heart attacks. Dr. Baechler notes that providers would typically expect the numbers to be significantly higher during this time and are very concerned that patients may be avoiding going to the hospital out of fear of being exposed to the coronavirus.
Tune in at the 35:20 mark below to hear Dr. Baechler emphasize how it’s critical that patients understand that doctors can take care of them safely during this pandemic. If people are concerned that they are having a heart attack or stroke, they should still be evaluated by a cardiologist; options are even available for phone and video consultations.
Read more about the real-time data analysis through the North American COVID-19 ST-Segment Elevation Myocardial Infarction Registry (NACMI), for which MHIF is serving as international coordinating and data center.