CARDIOLOGY CARE AMID THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
When it comes to heart health, COVID-19 has left many people wondering what’s the safest way to get care. Some folks have been fearful to leave home, even for the doctor’s office for cardiac care. But, postponing medical care or cardiac testing during the pandemic isn’t the right answer.
“For patients with symptoms suggestive of heart disease or known heart disease at high risk of progression and who are closely followed by our cardiologists, we recommend that they seek help, as the risk of ignoring these high-risk symptoms, or not monitoring for disease progression is higher than the risk of COVID-19,” says Physician Lead, Dr. Yaariv Khaykin.
“Our COVID safety measures include: rigorous cleaning standards, physical distancing and PPE. All visitors must wear masks. As all patients, staff and visitors are screened, the risk of contracting COVID during the patient visit to PACE offices is likely much lower than at their grocery store or any other community venue.”
With respect to telemedicine, PACE continues to offer virtual care. For videoconferencing, patients can use a smart phone, tablet or a computer (equipped with a microphone and camera). But, a regular telephone call also works just fine, too. All appointments are covered by OHIP. Our clinics are open for full cardiac testing services and urgent cardiology consultations.
We are able to offer ambulatory monitoring services at our clinics and remotely (remote devices are limited to 72 hour and 14 day holters). The monitoring devices will be shipped to the patient and back to us for analysis, if ordered. Patients will not have to come back to our clinics to have the monitor applied, or to return the monitor. Patients can also perform ECGs at home using a HeartCheck CardiBeat Handheld ECG device, which is available for purchase at our clinics or online (see our virtual care section).
Virtual care is available for all PACE Cardiology patients. New patients will require a referral from a physician or nurse practitioner. For more information on our virtual care program, or to make an appointment, call 1-888-662-0680, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Welcome to PACE Cardiology Clinic
Our patients will enjoy expert and professional care coordinated by a dedicated team of individuals in a friendly environment using state of the art equipment and software. We strive to minimize the number of return visits making all necessary testing available at the time of the patient’s visits.