Dr. Caren and Dr. Urman's Heart Health e-Newsletter
The latest from Drs Urman and Caren regarding COVID-19 and staying heart healthy
This complimentary monthly educational service is for our patients and their families but please forward it to anyone who might find it of interest. It usually is sent out the first Friday morning of each month with occasional additional special editions as well. Click here to enter our website and learn more about our practice. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or wish to make an appointment.
Fight the Flu - It Starts with You!
More Important This Year Than Ever
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Dear patients and friends,
We remain committed and available for your cardiac health needs. As health care providers, there is nothing more important to us than the well-being of our patients.
It is important to keep yourself heart healthy while trying to remain safe.
If you would like to see our prior COVID-19 Heart Health e-Newsletters and all prior editions from 2020, click here
[Author’s note: This e-newsletter was written on Thursday, October 1, 2020. The subject matter is rapidly changing, and the recommendations below may be out of date within a short period of time. Find the latest general recommendations from the LA County Dept of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control by clicking on the links.]. In addition, this link is quite thorough and complete in giving you the latest statistics not only for LA county but also how we compare to the rest of the country: https://corona-virus.la/data
We Remain Open to Serve You
Since the pandemic started, we have remained open to meet the needs of our patients. We have slowly expanded in-office appointments whether for seeing one of our doctors or for having testing that should not wait. This is in line with the guidance from the California Department of Public Health regarding resuming the state's deferred and preventive health care. All in-office appointments will be screened to make sure that an in-office appointment is preferable and more appropriate rather than a telemedicine appointment.
How We Are Caring For You in a Safe and Secure Environment
- Screening and temperature checks for every person entering our office, including staff.
- Universal masking of employees, physicians and patients at all times.
- Physical distancing in our waiting areas and clinical areas, Plexiglass barriers at the front desk and we minimize your time in the waiting room.
- Increased thorough cleaning and disinfection for all common areas and clinical spaces.
- Building elevators allow only a maximum of 3 people at a time (often the building is empty enough that you might ride the elevator by yourself)
- Telemedicine (virtual) appointments remain available when felt to be appropriate
Please be aware all of this will take extra time and personnel power (while our daily staffing is down to ensure adequate social distancing in the office) and, therefore, we can accommodate fewer patients per day. We will do our very best to book new appointments as quickly as possible to ensure safety standards are maintained. We appreciate your loyalty and patience during this time.
Regardless of all these necessary and functional changes in the office as well as in our lives - we will continue to be devoted to offering you the highest level of cardiac care possible.
Do Not Delay Your Potentially Life-Saving Cardiac Care
While purely elective testing had initially been put on hold for the safety of everyone, as you might imagine, when it comes to cardiovascular care, today's preventive or elective testing or evaluation might become more urgent if delayed for too long (click here to read about the pandemic delaying routine medical care). Thus, we are assessing each patient's situation on a case by case basis to determine if it is important to proceed with testing (whether cardiac testing or lab work) sooner rather than later. Please call our office to discuss if you have any questions or concerns.
No doubt, even under the best of circumstances, life for us will not be entirely back to normal anytime soon. However, no matter what, we are here for you. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns and take advantage of technology to stay medically connected with us to keep you healthy.
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Please help get the word out about our doctors and our practice. It will only take a minute and we will be so grateful! Share your experience in our office by clicking on your cardiologist:
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