Post Holiday Season is a Busy Time for Cardiology

2012-02-07
 

PACS, healthcare reform, supreme court In a previous post, we noted that winter weather contributes to an increase in falls and strained backs, which means an increase in radiology use.

Winter also means an increase in cardiology visits.

Why? For one, cold weather constricts blood vessels – raising blood pressure – and contributes to blood clot formation. Combine that with exertion (from shoveling, for example) and you’ve got a recipe for heart trouble.

People with symptoms of heart trouble also tend to postpone treatment until after the holidays, which may account for the fact that the above numbers hold in warm as well as cold climates.

People also tend to consume more alcohol, smoke more, eat more fatty foods, and experience extra emotional stress during the holidays; and many take time off from their regular exercise routines. Some doctors have even labeled atrial fibrillation caused by alcohol a “holiday heart.”

So again: winter means an increase in cardiology visits.  That means it’s a good time to remind cardiologists of the benefits of a cardiovascular information system (CVIS):

  • Quick and easy access to images. No time wasted waiting for images to be developed and transferred to the cardiology lab. This can mean increased productivity and efficiency for the cardiology department and the entire medical facility.
  • Integrated information. Any CVIS these days is compatible with electronic health records and other hospital information systems. A cardiologist can view a patient’s entire health history and current medications along with his or her cardiac images.
  • Improved finances. When a CVIS is integrated with a medical facility’s billing system, fewer charges are lost and bills are sent out more quickly, helping to reduce the number of denials and potentially increasing cash flow.

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