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Campaign seeks to reverse drop in ER visits

Darren Danielson
Created: July 24, 2020 05:59 PM

Local health professionals are concerned about heart attack and stroke patients not getting immediate treatment over fears of COVID-19.

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And it's not just here, the Centers for Disease Control confirms emergency room visits are down by more than 40% compared to last year at the same time.  

“We know that people that suffer strokes or heart attacks do better the quicker they get to our hospital and get treatment. so we ask people if you're having signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke, to activate 911, activate emergency medical services and get to the emergency department as quickly as possible,” said Stan Sadenwasser, St. Luke’s Cardiovascular Services Coordinator.

To combat the alarming trend, the American Heart Association and St. Luke's launched a new public awareness campaign, “Don't Die of Doubt.” It urges people to call 911 and seek emergency medical care if experiencing symptoms of a heart attack or stroke.

They say that although COVID-19 changed the world, it hasn't changed the fact that hospitals are the safest place to be if there's ever a serious medical emergency. 

They strongly emphasized, delaying care can be dangerous - even deadly.

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