Emergencies are always emergencies, and medical appointments can be flexible
OTTAWA, March 26, 2020 / CNW / -In the current exceptional and difficult context, Coeur + AVC reminds the population to continue to act during medical emergencies. In the event of a heart attack, cardiac arrest or stroke, you should call 9-1-1 (or local emergency medical services) for immediate medical assistance, even during the coronavirus pandemic.
Emergencies like heart attack, cardiac arrest and stroke still require immediate medical attention, says DreThaliaField, neurologist in the Vancouver on stroke and researcher subsidized by Coeur + AVC. Although social distancing is essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the health system still has the capacity to respond appropriately when life threatens, and first responders, emergency rooms and hospitals have put in place precautions to protect patients and staff.
Even if people are afraid of increasing the burden on the health system, coming into contact with the virus or carrying it themselves, you should never ignore the signs of a serious health problem such as a stroke. , heart attack, or heart attack.
- FAST signs of stroke: Visage – Is it sagging? Incapacit – Can you raise both arms normally? TSpeech Ruble – Pronunciation Disorder? Extrme urgency – Dial 9-1-1.
- Signs of a heart attack: chest discomfort (pressure, tightness, tightness, pain, burning or heaviness), sweating, discomfort in other areas of the upper body (neck, jaw, shoulder, arms, back), nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness. Call 9-1-1, stop all activity, take nitroglycrin, chew actylsalicylic acid (ASA, e.g., aspirin).
- Signs of cardiac arrest: the person suddenly collapses, does not respond to touch or noise, and stops or stops breathing. Call 9-1-1 immediately, ask around for a defibrillator and start CPR.
Heart + Stroke also recognizes that coronavirus disease is a concern for many people living with heart disease or who have had a stroke, and that they may wish to continue with their scheduled medical appointments during the pandemic.
We understand that some may be worried about missing medical appointments or rehabilitation sessions, but also want to stay home to avoid unnecessary contact with others, says DrAndrewKrahn, President of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and researcher funded by Coeur + AVC. We have encouraged clinics and hospitals to make appointments by phone or video conference whenever possible to reduce the risk to those affected. We urge people living with heart disease or having had a stroke to contact their health care providers to find out if an in-person appointment is necessary or if another solution is possible.
If you have an appointment with a health professional:
- Contact them first to check if it is necessary to come to the appointment.
- If your appointment is essential, check if it is possible to do so by telephone or videoconference.
- Continue taking all of your prescription drugs for heart disease or stroke. If you are going to run out of them, know that several pharmacies offer a home delivery service.
To learn more about coronavirus disease, heart disease and stroke, visit coeuretavc.ca. All Coeur + AVC officesare closed to protect everyone’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees work from home and remain active and engaged in communities. Essential services like call centers, websites, donation platform and online communitiesare still functional.
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SOURCE Heart and Stroke Foundation
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