UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR) — One of the greatest concerns throughout the pandemic has been the effects of COVID-19 on other diseases. With heart disease being so common, there’s been a huge impact on patients with heart conditions. According to Yale Medicine, hospitals across the country have reported less heart related illnesses. Dr. Michael Kelberman, the Director of Clinical Cardiology at Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) believes this is due to fears of contracting the virus.
“They were staying at home with their symptoms unsure of what they represented but too afraid to come to the hospital and get earlier treatment,” said Dr. Kelberman.
When it comes to heart disease, Dr. Kelberman explains that early treatment is crucial. “If you’re concerned about any symptoms, call your doctor or get to the emergency room. That’s where we can have the most impact,” he said.
The CDC reports that individuals with heart disease are at risk for severe illnesses or death if they contract COVID. Dr. Kelberman is urging people with these conditions to get the vaccine. “COVID-19 is a dangerous disease for people with heart disease,” he said. “Even people who get COVID-19 and don’t have heart disease have developed some heart complications and the vaccine is the ticket to freedom.”
Patients with heart disease and other comorbidities are eligible to sign up for the vaccine on Valentine’s Day, for appointments as early as Monday, February 15.