Kim Mulkey says she underwent potentially life-saving heart surgery over the summer
BATON ROUGE - LSU women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey told ESPN that a tingling at the tip of her finger led to a heart surgery to fix an artery that was almost completely blocked.
One month after Mulkey guided the Tigers to a national title, the coach was sitting at home and made the decision to make a doctor's appointment to check out a tingling she'd felt in her left middle finger. Her diagnosis ended up being carpal tunnel, which she expected, according to ESPN, but she'd requested an X-ray of her neck to make sure everything was running smoothly following a disk replacement surgery she'd had in 2018.
When doctors examined her X-rays, they saw a buildup of plaque in her carotid artery.
"They told me, 'You were 95-99% blocked in one artery,'" Mulkey said. "And I said, 'Doc, why didn't I feel bad in any way?' He said, 'You're what's called an asymptomatic patient. You're the ones that can die suddenly and drive cardiologists crazy.' I asked if I was likely to have had a heart attack without the procedure, and he said, 'Yes, eventually.'
"The issue with my heart, it was really just luck that we found it. So I will keep telling people, 'Get yourself checked out. You have nothing to lose, and it could save your life.'"
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