Euphemia's Triple Vessel Treatment and Recovery
Euphemia is an active and independent 94-year old who enjoys
swimming and keeping in touch with her family. But in January 2017, she found
herself in the emergency room feeling shortness of breath.
Test results showed signs of a heart attack and her ejection
fraction – the amount of blood her heart could pump out – was very low.
Euphemia needed a transradial
heart catheterization to check for blocked arteries.
Euphemia’s doctor, Krishna
Tummalapalli, MD, diagnosed her with triple
vessel disease, blockage to the three main arteries that bring blood to the
When deciding treatment, Dr. Tummalapalli and his team not
only took Euphemia’s age into account, but also looked at her overall health,
lifestyle, and wishes. They decided that a catheterization and stent procedure
would be Euphemia’s best option.
Two weeks after leaving the hospital, Euphemia began cardiac
rehab at UPMC Shadyside and is back in the pool, swimming two days a week
before her rehab sessions.
Learn more about Euphemia's triple vessel disease treatment from UPMC's Heart and Vasculat Institute.