Dr. Vaikom Mahadevan featured on KPIX5 CBS Bay Area

Dr. Mahadevan was featured on a KPIX5 news segment featuring two patients who were initially hesitant to come to the hospital due to ‘COVID-Phobia.’

Dr. Mahadevan’s patient Arnaldo Dallera had a leaky heart valve and was feeling palpitation symptoms. Dallera was concerned about going to the hospital and the possibility of catching COVID-19.  Dr. Mahadevan described Dallera’s condition:  “He was having shortness of breath symptoms, and also his heart rate was beginning to rise –  what we call atrial fibrillation.”

With reassurance from his family and physician, Dallera felt safe having the surgery.

Dr. Mahadevan, a top Interventional Cardiology specialist, fixed the valve using a less invasive method. Dallera is now on the mend and recommends that patients don’t wait to seek care.

As described in the story:  “Some statistics from a variety of reports tell the story. Since the pandemic began … 75% of patients have canceled or delayed important medical checkups. Meanwhile, some 35 to 40% of those suffering symptoms of heart attacks or strokes are not getting to the emergency room in time.”  The UCSF Health Division of Cardiology encourages patients to seek medical attention promptly. 

View the full story here.