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Jefferson Cardiology is Open and Ready to Provide Safe, Expert Care

Gennady Geskin, M.D., a board certified cardiologist, treats patients with a variety of cardiovascular conditions at Greater Pittsburgh Vascular Associates, a division of Jefferson Cardiology. Dr. Geskin and his associates provide the most cutting-edge care in state-of-the-art facilities to diagnose and treat problems. Dr. Geskin discusses the impact of COVID 19 on his medical practice.

“COVID has had an impact on our patients, staff and business, with each element affected differently. Patients are reluctant to go to any medical facility for fear of contracting the virus. The number of patients with heart attacks is down 50% because people are simply not coming to the hospital. In Italy, they have seen a lot more cardiac arrests in the communities as a result.”

Dr. Geskin assures patients that Jefferson Cardiology is open and using telemedicine to help counteract this. “We have mostly older patients who are not tech savvy. They cancel their appointments. Normally, we see 100 patients/day but now it’s in the single digits. Patients are holding off on elective procedures, and as a consequence they have much bigger problems when they do come in. They’re waiting too long. Even with elective procedures permitted, they are hesitant.”

“Another aspect of this is the business closures. Due to the pandemic closing down businesses, people have lost jobs and along with the job, lost health insurance. This has a negative impact on outcomes and is very stressful. Our revenues are down but we cannot close; our patients need to have access to us. We have had to reduce hours for some staff, but they are getting unemployment. They are stressed by the fear of job loss and have the same anxiety that everyone feels about the virus. There is uncertainty about the future. With the loosening of restrictions, COVID cases will climb and we may get hit again in the fall.”

For Dr. Geskin, there is concern about patients not getting care and coming in later with bigger problems. “They need care, and we can provide that care safely. We take all the recommended precautions; we call each patient the night before to ask about symptoms; we check their temperature before they come inside; and we see one patient at a time. We have all the protective equipment needed. Because we operate our facilities so carefully, we can do electives safely.”

To contact Jefferson Cardiology Associates, call (412) 469-1500 or visit www.jeffersoncardiology.com.

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