Area Hospitals See Big Drop in Stroke, Heart Attack Patients Amid Coronavirus
Omaha-area health systems have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of heart attack and stroke patients coming through their doors since the coronavirus pandemic began.
Dr. David Franco, a neurologist and stroke director at Methodist Hospital and Methodist Women’s Hospital, said the number of patients coming in for stroke evaluation was down about 50% from March through early May compared with the same period last year.
Pam Stout, stroke program coordinator for Methodist Health System hospitals in Omaha and Council Bluffs, said the hospitals are seeing the stroke patients who do come in show up later. Staff have heard patients say that they didn’t want to come in because they thought the hospitals were busy with the virus or because they didn’t want to catch it.