FRIDAY, June 4, 2021 (HealthDay News)
Emergency care for heart attacks and strokes rebounded in Northern California after initially plummeting in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.
That’s good news, suggesting that public health campaigns urging people to seek care if they had signs or symptoms of a stroke or heart attack were effective, according to the Kaiser Permanente researchers.
For the study, the investigators analyzed weekly numbers for adults hospitalized in the Kaiser Permanente of Northern California system with a heart attack or suspected stroke from Jan. 22, 2019 through Jan. 18, 2021.
The researchers compared rates during three COVID-19 surges — spring (March 10 to May 4, 2020), summer (June 23 to Aug. 17, 2020) and winter (Nov. 3, 2020 to Jan. 8, 2021) — to the same weeks in the preceding year.
Weekly rates declined during the initial surge, then recovered to 2019 rates.