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Oak Ridges Heart Clinic
Dear patients & referring physicians,
We continue to be open for tests (ECGs, echocardiograms and Holter studies on a selective basis). We will during this pandemic continue to provide care in a number of ways. We are now fully equiped to do consultations through the OTN as well as by phone. This is secure. We will therefore triage the consults received in this time period for this purpose. We will also return all phone calls and fax correspondence.
We also want to highlight that heart patients (previous heart attacks, stenting, strokes, arrhythmia, cardiomyopathies) are at the highest risk with a 10% mortality rate should they be affected by COVID 19. That is in addition to the 14.8% mortality for those above age 80.
The presentation has been varied with the virus causing more heart attacks, heart arrhythmia, heart failure, as well as myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle).
The bottom line for us at present is to do all we can to NOT get infected especially if we have close and regular contacts with those who are elderly or have heart disease (as well as lung disease).
We suggest we do the following to keep our patients, parents and loved vulnerable ones safe for the next few months while we await vaccination, and a semblance of control. The idea is to delay as much as possible getting sick so that resources are not overwhelmed in the short term.
1)Stay home especially if you are elderly and/or have been diagnosed with heart disease.
2)Have non-essential visitors stay away.
3)Assign someone to keep supplies up to speed - groceries, medications.
a)This person & all should use all published precautions in public places such as the grocery store or bank. I.e. keep at least a meter from others and wash or sanitize the hands after touching objects especially but not limited to door handles, knobs, elevator buttons, money, cell phones, shopping carts (if washing with soap and water, do so for 20 seconds and make sure you get the spaces in between your fingers and under the nail bed. Short nails a very good idea in these times).
b)If you hear a sneeze or a cough where you are, turn around and go elsewhere.
c)We now know masks do indeed help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please wear one outside of your home.
4) when in doubt, just wash your hands before you have to touch food or your face. Best is soap and water but if not available, then use hand sanitizer.
We hope to ensure all are protected so that we pull through this situation in good health and with life. and return to a semblance of enjoyable life after a period of sacrifice.
-Drs. Ramya Raghavan and Mahesan Srivamadevan