Summary: University of California, San Diego | Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center
FALL 2006 | VoLUMe 4
In the fall of 2004, Ernestine Smith, mother of five and grandmother of nine, began having
breathing problems. She underwent numerous tests and started medical treatment but her health
continued to decline. Ten months later an angiogram revealed extensive clots lodged in her
pulmonary arteries. As she progressively grew worse, Smith sensed she did not have long to live.
Anthony DeMaria, M.D.
The New Emergency Room
Patrick D. Lyden, M.D.