Some Patients May Be Avoiding Hospitals Due to Coronavirus Despite Needing Emergency Care for Heart Attacks, Strokes

by Marlo Safi

Despite the sudden influx of patients at many U.S. hospitals due to the coronavirus, some hospitals are reporting a “disturbing” decline in emergency patients, the Inquirer reported.

In the Philadelphia region, some doctors report hospitals experiencing a decline in the number of people being rushed to the hospital, with a noticeable drop in patients with heart attacks and stroke symptoms, according to the Inquirer.

Temple University Hospital reported a 27% drop in heart and stroke patients between March 1 and April 9 when compared with the same time last year. Virtua Health has also seen a small decline, although Penn Medicine and Main Line had not.

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