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Positive Attitude Contributes to Exceptionally Fast Recovery for LVAD Recipient in his Twenties

Alexander C. grew up watching his father and brother battle debilitating stomach issues. While he knew it was a problem, he figured it was normal and manageable based on their experiences. Throughout his adolescence, he’d deal with bouts of stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, and occasionally it would become so severe he’d go to the hospital. At every hospital visit, he was told it was probably just gastritis and was sent home with some nausea medicine and instructions to drink plenty of clear fluids.

Despite obstacles, LVAD candidate finally receives life-changing surgery at Lovelace Medical Group/New Mexico Heart Institute

In 2012, after giving birth to her youngest son, Kassandra Y. was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a hereditary disease that affects the heart muscle and makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body. Although cardiomyopathy is a very serious condition, Kassandra and her family had no idea the journey this diagnosis would lead them down and the struggles she’d face over the next near-decade.