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Hartford Healthcare unveils new COVID-19 recovery program to help survivors


HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Physicians in Connecticut and across the country have been seeing patients who survived COVID-19 complaining of a wide range of physical and mental symptoms.

Some are referred to as “long haulers” because their ailments linger for weeks or months after having COVID-19.

Dr. Ajay Kumar, Chief Clinical Officer of Hartford Healthcare, describes what doctors are seeing.

“Symptoms could be ‘I have brain fog’, ‘I’m extremely fatigued’, ‘I have a swelling of the leg’, ‘I have palpitations chest pain’ and those varying symptoms requires a very comprehensive integrated approach to take care of them.”

To address that broad set of needs Hartford Healthcare introduced the region’s first comprehensive COVID-19 Recovery Center to focus on the health and healing of those who have suffered from Covid-19.

The treatment offered is physical and mental. Some patients are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

“In many cases, this has been related to the trauma of being hospitalized or the stress of being hospitalized and isolated from friends and family being in an ICU on a ventilator for days or even weeks at a time,” says Dr. Mark Alberts, Co-Physician-in-Chief of Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute.

The COVID-19 recovery center approach will involve the healthcare’s system statewide.

“At Hartford Healthcare, we have a number of outpatient clinics, physician offices that we can bring to bear so that we can accurately and timely diagnose you,” says Dr. Alberts.

The program involves first calling Hartford Healthcare at (860) 827-3200. Healthcare professionals will assess each patient and determine the best plan and location of treatment.

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