As the number of COVID-19 cases starts to drop in your community, many hospitals and clinics will begin to resume non-emergency heart tests and procedures.
They will do so carefully while working with public health officials to keep a close eye on how things are going. They also will take steps to protect you, other patients, and health care workers while you receive care during the pandemic.
These safety measures may include:
Resuming tests and procedures will likely happen in phases to help make sure that patients with COVID-19 and those without it are getting the right care at the right time. Health organizations, including the American College of Cardiology, issued guidance
on this recently.
We are still learning about COVID-19, and experts warn that new waves of the disease may lead to changes in your treatment plan. That is why it’s so important to work with your health care team to figure out which cardiovascular tests and procedures don’t need to be done right away.
Decisions about your test or procedure will depend on how you are doing and local COVID-19 disease activity.