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Vascular Medicine and COVID19: What You Should Know

The COVID-19 pandemic affects us all in countries around the world. While COVID-19 appears to be transmitted through respiratory droplets, this novel coronavirus disease seems to impact patients' hearts and vascular systems, as well. If you have concerns about your heart or vascular health, what do you need to know about your wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Board-certified vascular and endovascular surgeon Enrico Ascher, MD, founded the Vascular Institute of New York nearly 30 years ago. Since then, Dr. Ascher has provided the highest quality of care to new and existing patients from his state-of-the-art offices in Brooklyn. You can trust Dr. Ascher and our experienced team to guide you to the right treatment plan for your health concerns and the potential complications of the evolving COVID-19 situation.

COVID-19 and your vascular health

While COVID-19 infections occur due to contagious respiratory droplets, and cases typically include severe respiratory symptoms, COVID-19 also affects your heart and vascular symptoms. We're still learning about this novel coronavirus and the effects it can have on your long-term lung and heart health if you contract it.

COVID-19 patients appear to have a high prevalence of cardiovascular disease. For more than 7% of COVID-19 patients, and 22% of critically ill patients with this condition, myocardial injury results from contracting a COVID-19 infection. 

The American Society of Hematology notes that patients with COVID-19 may be at increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). 

COVID-19 also poses a complex challenge for safe organ transplants, including life-saving heart transplant procedures.

Don't delay your treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic

While patients interested in elective procedures may be hearing advice to delay their treatment until the COVID-19 pandemic is more controlled, your vascular health concerns won't get better over time. In fact, vascular issues can rapidly worsen, becoming critical or life-threatening, without prompt diagnosis and treatment. You may not be able to afford to wait.

The Society for Vascular Surgery recommends that you not delay treatment for vascular conditions during this pandemic. Your risk of strokes, heart attacks, and aneurysms increases without access to the medical care you need.

Don't hesitate to reach out to Dr. Ascher for his expert advice and recommendation. The Vascular Institute of New York team is ready to safeguard your health. Our COVID-19 safety plan works to minimize your risk of contracting a coronavirus infection. We employ techniques like the use of professional-grade personal protective equipment (PPE), regular deep-cleaning of offices and instruments, and measures like social distancing and contract tracing to protect all of our patients during these difficult times.

You can schedule an appointment with the Vascular Institute of New York care team by calling our New York City, New York offices, or request an appointment online.

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