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Fear Of COVID-19 Could Be Keeping Idaho Heart Attack Patients From Seeking Help

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In some ways, the message to stay home during the COVID-19 pandemic may have been taken a little too seriously. Hospitals across the country, including here in Idaho, are reporting fewer visits for heart attacks, strokes, and other medical emergencies. 

Although this phenomenon is not clearly understood and studies are underway, many medical experts believe people are choosing either not to seek or delay are in an emergency room due to the fear of contracting COVID-19. Dr. Lyndon Box is a cardiologist at West Valley Medical Center and joins Idaho Matters live to talk more about this. 

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Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.