Heart Hospital of Northwest Texas Urges People to Seek Care in an Emergency

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Dr examining patient

The Heart Hospital of Northwest Texas wants to remind the community that emergency departments are open for medical emergencies, including heart attacks, stroke and more. Northwest Texas Healthcare System (NWTHS) has implemented processes designed to prevent patients’ exposure to COVID-19 in the emergency departments.

While home isolation is encouraged to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is not the same as medical isolation. If you have symptoms that could indicate a medical emergency, such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, trouble lifting your arms or weakness, please visit your nearest emergency department. Please remember NWTHS emergency departments are prepared 24/7 to evaluate you.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing patients that have waited too long to come to the emergency department for their life-threatening conditions because of the understandable fear of being exposed to COVID-19,” said Brian Weis, Chief Medical Officer of NWTHS. “We would like to stress that prolonged medical isolation for concerning symptoms may have detrimental effects on your health, and we encourage you to seek immediate medical care in these situations.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented time in our community and healthcare system. It has led to extreme yet critical measures, such as social distancing and home isolation, in the hopes of keeping as many people safe and healthy as possible.  

During these times, there are special measures for protecting patients during medical emergencies. We want to reassure the community that these procedures are in place at The Heart Hospital of Northwest Texas.