Jim Gets His Heart Health in Check
Jim has always been very active, but when his cough and chest congestion wouldn’t go away, his doctor ordered a nuclear stress test at UPMC Mercy.
When Jim stepped on the treadmill for the exercise part of the test, he went into cardiac arrest. Without immediate treatment, cardiac arrest is fatal. Luckily, Jim’s care team used CPR and a defibrillator to get his heart beating again.
Once stabilized, doctors sent Jim for transradial heart catheterization, and his cardiologist found three blocked arteries. With no time to lose, Jim went into surgery and heart surgeon Claudio Lima, MD, performed a triple bypass.
Post-surgery, Jim knew it was crucial to follow his doctor’s orders. He enrolled in cardiac rehab three times a week at the UPMC Mercy Outpatient Center at Green Tree. Jim is now feeling back to his old self and tries to make exercise a part of his daily routine.
Learn more about Jim’s triple bypass surgery and recovery from the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute.