Araceli Tavera, 29, is a busy mother of two. On October 17, 2017, Araceli began noticing chest and back pain while at home. She told her husband who then drove her to St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, California.
Once they arrived at the emergency room, a nurse ran an EKG which confirmed a heart attack. Araceli was admitted, though her symptoms seemed to subside. The next morning, while eating breakfast in her hospital bed, the symptoms returned. Araceli notified a nurse and she was rushed to the catheterization lab where interventional cardiologist Dr. Dalpinder Sandhu determined her heart attack was caused by a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). Dr. Sandhu placed the Impella CP® to support Araceli’s heart while he placed stents. Araceli remained on Impella support for two days until her heart was strong enough to function on its own.
After two weeks, Araceli returned home to her husband and two daughters with normal heart function. Today, she is grateful to raise her children and celebrate each milestone with her family.