Delayed Primary Care Visits and Heart Health – No Time To Wait Campaign

Dr. Andrea Russo, MD, Director of Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services at Cooper University Hospital discusses the 50% decrease in in-person primary care visits, since COVID-19 according to a report from the IQVIA National Disease and Therapeutic Index.  She talks about how this makes delays in the diagnosis of serious conditions like atrial fibrillation (AFib), deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism and how important it is to get a proper diagnosis from a healthcare provider.   There is a new campaign that seeks to bridge the gap in these critical diagnoses called “No Time To Wait“.

Dr. Andrea M. Russo is Director of Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services at Cooper University Hospital, Director of the CCEP Fellowship program and Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She has served on numerous HRS committees and task forces and is a member of the HeartRhythm Journal editorial board. In addition, she has served as co-chair or member on several guideline, consensus document or Appropriate Use Criteria writing groups. Dr. Russo received her medical degree from Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York. She did her residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and her fellowship training at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Cooper Hospital. Areas of particular interest include implantable cardioverter defibrillators, totally subcutaneous devices, atrial fibrillation, sex differences in arrhythmias and performance improvement activities. Dr. Russo has been recognized many times as a “Top Doctor” in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.

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