Meet Paul

Paul Glover settled in to watch a pro basketball game after going out for dinner with his girlfriend. The 55-year-old McKeesport resident and Navy vet started feeling like he had indigestion.

“I was laying on the floor watching the game, and I started to feel like I ate too fast,” says Paul.

Around midnight, Paul arrived in the emergency room at UPMC McKeesport, complaining of the increasing chest pain.

Describing the pain as “crushing” and feeling like “impending doom,” the ER team took Paul to the treatment area right away. Within minutes, his heart went into ventricular fibrillation (VFib).

During VFib, the lower chambers of the heart quiver and can’t pump any blood, often leading to cardiac arrest. Paul went into cardiac arrest almost right away.

Knowing they needed to move fast, the ER team rushed Paul to the heart catheterization lab.

UPMC McKeesport offers a full-service heart cath lab. This lets doctors perform life-saving procedures within the hospital, rather than spending precious time sending patients to another UPMC hospital.

Paul sang the praises of all who cared for him, especially the nursing staff.

“The nurses were wonderful on every floor I was on. They took care of my every need and took me in like their own,” says Paul. “I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for UPMC McKeesport.”

Read more about Paul on the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute website.