Pandemic hesitation: Health experts worry about putting doctor visits on hold
s the COVID-19 pandemic enters its eleventh month, health care experts are still concerned about patients putting off visits to the doctor.
Florida and Will Fontaine lives for days with his grandchildren. But part way through the pandemic, he wasn't able to keep up. All of those symptoms just kept getting worse, that the Jets paintings and and the fatigue and and the shortness of breath worried about Cove it. He initially didn't see a doctor, but a call with the cardiologists convinced him to go in. Doctors discovered a blockage that led to triple bypass surgery. We were just impressed. You know, every visit after that, the precautions that they were taken. According to a new national survey by the Orlando Health Heart and Vascular Institute, 67% of Americans say they'd be more concerned about in person medical appointments when Covad rates are high in their area. And nearly half say they wouldn't reschedule missed appointments until those rates dropped. We're very concerned about individuals that are not coming to the hospital for care Nationwide, cardiovascular deaths are up, say researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, who found heart disease deaths increased by 11% and deaths related to high blood pressure increased 17% when compared to the previous year, a trend the group believes may be driven by patients avoiding hospitals and the deferral of elective procedures until it's too late. It is not the same to treat someone who's stable, and we have time and to treat them under emergency circumstances. The risk is higher. Back in Florida, throw it that way. Will Fontaine and his grandson are benefiting from his continued recovery? Just the one taking naps now, glad he saw his doctor and encouraging others to do the same. Sarah doll if NBC News.