The transitional use from in-person to remote ambulatory cardiovascular care led to a significant increase in remote visits during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a recent study.

Investigators conducted a cross-section study of 176,781 ambulatory cardiology visits, finding that remote-use patients during the COVID-19 era were more likely to be Asian, Black or Hispanic individuals, traditionally underserved patient groups, as well as those with private insurance.

However, clinicians had significantly lower rates of ordering medication and tests during video and telephone visits compared to pre-pandemic in-person visits.

The study, headed by Neal Yuan, MD, of the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, stated it is the first to investigate how the “dramatic increase in the use of telehealth is associated with changes in cardiovascular patient care in

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