Reopening May 18th

Reopening May 18th

By Cynthia Thaik, M.D., FACC

The Holistic Healing Heart Center is reopening May 18th. This is a decision we have considered carefully: whether to remain closed or to open under precautionary conditions. We don’t want to jeopardize anyone’s health or spread the virus further. The staff are taking ample measures to ensure the safety of our patients and ourselves. Those who don’t want to come into the Center may still arrange a telehealth appointment to follow up on prior meetings.

What to Know About Visiting Your Doctor During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Essential businesses have been open throughout the pandemic, but doctor’s offices are a different matter– people only visit when they’re ill, and many people who visit the doctor are themselves at high risk of serious illness from the virus, so the dangers of COVID-19 transmission can be higher if precautions are not taken. With that in mind, here are some important points to bear in mind if you’re considering a visit to the Holistic Healing Heart Center:

  • If you want to visit for a routine check-up, it’s best to wait until another time. We are still trying to implement social distancing to make transmission of the virus less likely.
  • If you are experiencing new or troubling symptoms, or if you suffer from a chronic illness such as diabetes or hypertension, now is a good time to seek health care.
  • Call your doctor first. We want to make sure that patients can be seen quickly so as not to expose anyone to others in the waiting room for longer than necessary. Be prepared to discuss your symptoms, so that our staff can establish you are unlikely to be suffering from the coronavirus.
  • What symptoms are you experiencing? If you identify flu-like symptoms, you should not come for a medical appointment. COVID-19 testing is now available throughout Los Angeles County at mobile stations, as well as various urgent care facilities and other centers. Google or call ahead to ensure you can get tested before traveling.
  • If you have a medical emergency, call the emergency services, or go to an emergency room. Your primary care physician should never be your first port of call in the event of a medical emergency. You are likely to find that emergency workers are wearing masks and other PPE gear. Do not be alarmed. This is to protect them and you from possible transmission of coronavirus and is not specifically in response to your symptoms.

When It’s Safe to Visit the Doctor

With this public health emergency unfolding, nobody should be blamed or criticized for preferring to stay home and pursue medical care via virtual visits. Video visits are approved by health officials, and can be advantageous for monitoring the progression of many common health conditions.

If you are under the age of 60, and you do not have a respiratory condition or symptoms of the coronavirus and have not been recently exposed to an individual who has tested positive for the virus, it is safe for you to visit. We look forward to helping you. Please check online to ensure that you are abiding by Los Angeles County’s latest requirements for public health. These rules are in place to protect you and others. Contact us today about an appointment.

About the author

Dr. Cynthia Thaik, M.D., FACC is a Harvard-trained cardiologist serving the greater Los Angeles community at her holistic health center in Burbank and Valencia, CA. Dr. Thaik is the author of Your Vibrant Heart: Restoring Health, Strength, and Spirit from the Body’s Core. To learn more about Dr. Thaik or the Holistic Healing Heart Center, or to schedule an appointment, please contact info@drcynthia.com or call (818) 842-1410.