Heart hospitals taking measures to keep visitors and patients safe during the pandemic

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MCALLEN — South Texas Health System and McAllen Heart Hospital are making sure their patients are safe.

Some facilities only have two useable entrances during the pandemic.

Those who enter the building will be screened, including staff and patients.

Those with suspected symptoms will be evaluated further.

They are also taking precautions by cleaning everything from door handles to elevator butons.

“Cardiac patients, like other patients that have, it doesn’t matter that it’s cardiac or not, because of the illness, they are susceptible to the infection,” said Swarnalatha Kanneganti, M.D. cardiologist at South Texas Health System. “Like congestive heart failure, heart attacks, abnormal heart rhythms, and any other cardiac conditions, they are at risk at being succumbed to the illness.”

Patients are also encouraged to wear masks at all times, practice good hygiene, and use social distancing.

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