Telehealth for your heart
Virtual visits and remote monitoring can be convenient, cost-effective ways to enhance cardiovascular care.
Seeing and speaking with a doctor via smartphone, tablet, or computer from the comfort of your own home became commonplace during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past year or so, in-person health care visits have rebounded. But video visits and other forms of telehealth can still be a good option for treating people with heart disease, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA), published Dec. 20, 2022, in Circulation.
"What we’re seeing now is an increase of blended care that includes a combination of in-person and virtual visits," says cardiologist Dr. Ami Bhatt, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief innovation officer for the American College of Cardiology. Health care systems that established infrastructure to integrate virtual health care into their practices have had the most success with a hybrid model. For both patients and clinicians, it’s important to pay attention to specific needs, preferences, and comfort level with different types of care, she says.
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Julie Corliss, Executive Editor, Harvard Heart Letter
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