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Mental Health Awareness

Mental illness is often difficult or uncomfortable to discuss. If you or a loved one have mental illness, you may feel stigmatized for your condition because many harmful myths surround the subject. With 20 percent of people in the United States living with mental illness, it’s important for us to learn the truth and have empathy for those suffering. 

UPMC HealthBeat is here to help you better understand mental illness:

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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 heart.

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.

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August is National Breastfeeding Month

The Lactation Center at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is a leading resource for women in Pittsburgh. Our lactation consultants have extensive experience working with mothers and babies, whether it’s assistance for mothers still in the hospital, telephone assistance once they are home, or outpatient services for any mother, regardless if she delivered at Magee or another facility.

The Lactation Center also provides education and support to mothers before birth and throughout breastfeeding, from prenatal breastfeeding classes to bedside consultations.​

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