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Andy Choi ’99

Andy Choi ’99, an academic cardiologist, is an associate professor of medicine and radiology và the director of cardiac CT and MRI at the George Washington University Hospital. Although he serves a variety of roles at the hospital, his primary task is fighting heart disease with the use of new diagnostic tools và imaging. He recently led the creation of mix national guidance for other cardiologists across the United States on best practices in imaging và the pandemic.

As the COVID-19 pandemic became a threat in January and February, his hospital launched inlớn preparation. With its central location và proximity khổng lồ the White House nhà trắng, the George Washington University Hospital is always in a state of readiness, but as the number of cases peaked in the D.C. area, “it completely upended how we delivered care” Choi says. Although normally the hospital cares for a wide spectrum of issues, about 70 percent of the facility’s patients were Coronavi khuẩn cases at the D.C. area’s peak. Choi, lượt thích many medical professionals around the country, was reassigned to help fight the pandemic. The novel virus required new approaches as healthcare workers battled a disease they knew little about. 

Choi notes that the rates of heart attacks have gone down since the pandemic hit. “The number of heart attacks went down 40 percent across the United States under the midst of the pandemic. It was something we also observed at GWU Hospital.” While it was initially believed that lower ức chế levels và perhaps lower pollution levels due to shelter in place orders caused this change, it may be due lớn the fact that people are refraining from hospital visits due a fear of exposure lớn COVID-19. “What we know is that heart related deaths went up 15 percent compared to a year ago,” Choi notes. “When we think about the more than 100,000 people who have died because of the pandemic, there are tens of thousands of people who might not be counted in those statistics. And these are not numbers; these are individual people with lives, and with families.


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It breaks my heart to know how deep this pandemic has been & will continue khổng lồ be for patients with heart disease as well as for people with other various medical conditions.”

As a cardiologist, Choi has seen patients come in with effects that are often observed after one has had a heart attack. “What we would see is that there were many people that had the late effects of a heart attaông chồng. A heart attaông xã is when one develops a sudden blockage in the blood supply that supplies the heart muscle và causes irreversible scarring of the heart. The heart loses its ability khổng lồ pump properly,” he explains. “We saw a lot of people with the complications of heart disease that we had really eradicated in the last three decades start khổng lồ creep up because they were fearful to lớn come & get medical care.” The good news, however, is that with the decline in COVID-19 cases, cardiologists lượt thích Choi have again begun to focus on prevention and heart healthy habits with diet và exercise. 

Most importantly, Choi points out the importance of mental health và how the pandemic has affected so many around the world. He notes on the significance of community: “The idea of the gathered community is so important. At 6struyenky.vn, for example, we have the Chapel gatherings each week. That ability khổng lồ gather has really shattered, because of the pandemic. That’s been the case for all of us.

“It’s been really hard to be in the hospital. I credit many of my colleagues for being there every angle day. I witness a lot of loneliness. We limited the number of visitors, và many patients had to suffer from the effects of coronavirut alone.”

Along with so many hospitals in the United States, the George Washington University Hospital sought khổng lồ find moments of joy amid the crisis. Choi explains how it was crucial “khổng lồ bring comfort lớn those patients in a way that would allow them lớn overcome their illness.” When a COVID-19 patient was discharged, “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles would play through the halls. “Everytime that tuy vậy was played it was a reminder khổng lồ all of us that another patient had been saved from the coronavi khuẩn.”


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