Cardiac Intervention at McAllen Heart Hospital Saved Martin Luna's Life

Cardiac intervention at McAllen Heart Hospital proves lifesaving.

It all started with shortness of breath, sweating and heart palpitations. On January 9, 2015 Martin Luna was at work and had been helping to move a filing cabinet. When he was finished, he sat down to rest, hoping the symptoms would go away – but they didn’t. It all started with shortness of breath, sweating and heart palpitations.

Martin Luna: I started to panic, so I dialed 9-1-1. A few minutes later, my co-worker returned, and I asked him to call my wife to explain what was happening. I was rushed in an ambulance to McAllen Heart Hospital.

Veronica Garza, Martin's Wife: My phone rang, and it was his co-worker. He said your husband is pretty sick and we called an ambulance. He told me to go straight to McAllen Heart Hospital!

Martin: I felt them put the paddles on me, but I don’t remember how many times they did it. I just remember all this commotion around me. The emergency team at the hospital determined that I had suffered a massive heart attack. The next thing I knew, I was awake, but hooked up to tubes and machines. I had been in the Intensive Care Unit at McAllen Heart Hospital for five days.

Veronica: I was just thinking in my mind, what about our children? What am I going to tell them?

Martin: Luis Padula, MD, an interventional cardiologist at The Heart Clinic, explained that he stabilized my heart using the Abiomed Impella® heart pump, while putting two stents in my heart. Once the stents were securely placed, they removed the pump.

Veronica: I don’t even have words to thank the nurses and doctors for all their hard work and dedication. I am so happy that they saved my husband’s life!

Martin: Today, I am getting stronger every day, and am working back up to full-time hours.The doctors and nurses at McAllen Heart Hospital saved my life – they gave it all they had to keep me alive. I am here today because of them, and for that I am forever grateful!

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