It may be disturbing that Google is tracking your searches, including the searches you may be doing for your health. However, sometimes this tracking is helpful. For example, when someone researches how often people search for “chest pain” or “myocardial infarction”. Mayo Clinic researchers used Google Trends to find out the number of times people from the US, Italy, Spain and the UK had searched for these terms before and since the pandemic began. They were interested to see if there would be a difference in the number of searches as the number of emergency rooms due to heart-related problems decreased.
Since the pandemic started, fewer people have gone to the emergency room with symptoms of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). ACS is a condition that occurs when your heart is not getting the blood and oxygen it needs to do its job. If the heart does not get blood for a long time, the heart muscle begins to die. The Mayo Clinic team wanted to know if fewer people had heart attacks, or if people had the same number of heart attacks and just didn't go to the doctor's office or the emergency room.
The results of their study showed that when it came to searches for chest pain, "all countries saw searches increased by at least 34%, with Spain seeing the largest increase at 84%." Want to risk COVID-19 exposure rather than the possibility of a heart attack. While searches for myocardial infarction and heart attack were about the same before the pandemic, they fell once the pandemic started. "This gives cause for concern that people have either misunderstood chest pain as an infectious symptom or are actively avoiding receiving care due to COVID-19 concerns," Conor Senecal, M.D., said in a press release. Dr. Senecal is the Mayo Clinic cardiologist and lead author of the study.
The team again used Google Trends and investigated other related searches. "Several increasing searches appear to reflect people trying to manage symptoms without medical intervention, such as" home remedies for chest pain "and natural" chest pain remedies, "they explained in the article.
Did Google solve the puzzle? Are we staying at home anymore? The researchers concluded that while this information does not definitely prove their theory, it does support the idea that people with chest pain are staying at home. They suggest that public health officials use the internet to better communicate to patients with chest pain that their situation is serious and that fear of COVID-19 should not deter them from seeking emergency help.
If you have chest pain, mainly on the left side or towards the center of your chest, feel weak or weak, have pain in your shoulder, arm, neck and jaw, or are short of breath, don't bother Google. These are typical symptoms of a heart attack. Often times, the chest pain feels like a squeeze or pressure and can come and go. Women don't always have the same symptoms as men and may feel nauseous, light-headed, and weak. Get emergency help as soon as possible. As the American Heart Association says, “… always call 911 at the first sign or symptom. If you do this quickly you can save your life. It is still the right thing to do, even in this unprecedented time. "