For a great many things in life, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a procrastinationwide epidemic. With spring turning to summer turning to fall, social distancing and economic uncertainty have also served to keep us farther from the end of our to-do lists. Eventually, that bald tire is going to go flat. That old roof will spring a leak. And that aching tooth will get to be unbearable. And what once seemed elective becomes an undeniable necessity. Understanding though they may be, it's not just your mechanic and your dentist who wonder what took you so long. For people living with complex heart conditions, our HEART MATTERS national survey of 285 U.S. cardiologists, specialists and generalists shows a growing concern that the specter of coronavirus could be just as dangerous as the virus itself when it keeps people from seeking out the help they need. That's where remote monitoring comes in. It's a requirement that has long driven many of our innovations, from diabetes care to cardiovascular care, including and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, where we’re working to make remote care 'just like meeting in the office' for people living with chronic conditions like diabetes, Parkinson's and heart arrythmias. As COVID-19 Cases Grow, So Does Concern The survey, conducted from August to September, took practicing providers' sentiment during a time when there was reason to suspect COVID-19's grip on the nation might be loosening. In July the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recorded its largest single-day of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. at 74,861. August opened comparatively lower with just 58,970 new cases. The downward trend continued into the next month, dipping to a low of 23,418 positive tests reported on Sept. 8. Was COVID-19, like the days on the calendar, on its way to cooling from its summer heat? By the end of September, the miracle was clearly a mirage. The month closed with 45,342 daily cases. The 'second wave' took off from there, climbing continued through October and into November, which saw the first day of 100,000-plus new daily cases on Nov. 4. By the middle of the month, the U.S. was seeing nearly double that number of daily cases, with 194,610 diagnosed on Nov. 12. It seems likely the U.S. will see 12 million cases by the end of 2020, according to Johns Hopkins University tracking. With these increases, it's important we don't slip back into our procrastinating ways. Our HEART MATTERS national survey shines light on the impact the pandemic has had on our medical care and what could possibly be done to improve it.