Melinda Constantine, a 33 year old nurse, gave birth to her first child. She had a relatively easy pregnancy with no complications, and no signs of anything wrong.
However, immediately following the birth of her son she was diagnosed with peripartum cardiomyopathy—a rare type of heart failure that can happen during pregnancy or right after delivery.
To save her life, Melinda was implanted with an LVAD – a surgically implanted mechanical pump that helps the heart pump blood to the rest of the body.
The LVAD stands out among other artificial hearts because it does not resemble an organic heart, and, does not utilize a pulse (so patients who receive this device resultantly have no pulse!)
The implant saved Melinda’s life. We profiled this new mother to learn more about her journey of survival, and receiving an LVAD at Mount Sinai Hospital.