COVID – 19 Safety Message
Dear Boone Heart Institute Patients,
As the world reacts to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Boone Heart Institute has remained open for patients with urgent cardiovascular needs. We have relied on telemedicine, reduced our on-site staff, and instituted strict sanitization procedures to ensure safety during this difficult time. We take pride in providing world-class care to our patients, even in difficult times.
After careful consideration of all available data, the Boone Heart Institute will fully re-open on Monday, May 18th. We will be following all state and CDC safety guidelines, including limiting physical contact, wearing protective masks and gloves, and sanitizing hands, equipment, and doorknobs regularly. We will enforce strict social distancing between all visitors to our clinic. Appointments will be scheduled in a way that avoids overlap between patients in our waiting rooms and gives ample time to sterilize exam rooms between patients.
From a medical perspective, it has become clear that the majority of people who experience severe reactions to COVID-19 infection have preexisting health conditions, specifically cardiovascular concerns. In a recent study, 89.3% of people hospitalized for COVID-19 had one or more underlying conditions; the most common were hypertension (49.7%), obesity (48.3%), chronic lung disease (34.6%), diabetes mellitus (28.3%), and cardiovascular disease (27.8%). Managing these conditions is our particular area of expertise, and we believe that we provide a valuable service by optimizing our patients’ cardiovascular health to better protect them in the case of a possible infection. While we do not have a cure for this virus, Dr. Boone is convinced that our heart health protocol provides the best “armor” for your system in the case that it is attacked by the COVID-19.
Dr. Boone will be giving a virtual presentation entitled “The Cardiovascular Consequences of the Pandemic” to a national audience on Thursday, May 21. We would like to invite all of our patients to attend this meeting to gain a better understanding of the overlap between the coronavirus and your heart health. A link to the presentation will be forthcoming. Please sign up, and feel free to contact us if you have any trouble gaining access.
In addition, we continue to offer COVID-19 Antibody Testing in our clinic. While many health care providers are currently offering Antibody testing, our ELIZA serology antibody test is among the most reliable on the market. This test checks for 3 antibodies and 4 antigens, while other tests currently available test for fewer antibodies, sometimes only one. We believe this to be the best test currently available to determine if you had or currently have COVID-19.
We look forward to resuming our regular operations, while continuing to observe the strict safety guidelines necessary in our changed world. As always, feel free to reach out to us at (303)762-0710 or emails us at email@example.com.
The Boone Heart Institute Team