“Dizzy After Heart Valve Surgery?” Asks Rick

I just received a very interesting question from Rick about dizziness after heart valve surgery.

Rick writes, “Adam – On August 7, 2009, I had mitral valve repair surgery. Two weeks after surgery I am home and walking four times per day around our neighborhood. Everything feels good except when I first stand up from a sitting position.  I get dizzy even when I stand up slowly. Do other patients experience this? Thanks, Rick”

Dizzy after heart valve surgery

To answer Rick’s question, I can share that I too had bouts of dizziness after heart valve replacement surgery. The dizzy spells were very similar to how Rick described it… When standing up, I would become slightly off-balance for one or two seconds. To learn more about dizziness after open heart surgery, I did some research. According to MedHelp, “Dizziness is not a common post-operative problem in patients who have had heart valve replacements, so this problem may be unrelated to the valve surgery.”

That said, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) suggests that “being dizzy” after heart surgery may be related to medication. The STS notes that medicines used in the hospital can cause several side effects. The STS then lists a series of side effects (shown below) which explicitly includes “dizzy or lightheaded when standing”:

  • Excessive nausea, diarrhea, constipation, or stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Dizzy or lightheaded when standing
  • Confusion
  • Tingling in hands and feet
  • Extremely slow or fast pulse
  • Skin rash
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding

If you are reading this and you already had heart valve surgery, I’m curious… Did you experience any issues with dizziness following heart valve surgery? Please click here to leave a comment!

Also… You can scroll down to read over 125 comments from patients.

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Adam Pick
Written by Adam Pick

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  • maureen ellis

    I truly hope thing work out

  • maureen ellis

    yes I have the same things I have a pigs valve to maybe that’s the problem

  • maureen ellis

    I am trying to find out myself

  • maureen ellis

    if you find out let us know

  • maureen ellis

    I hope there is hope I was lead to Believe I would be better it is a nightmare this is not me with a lot of us having the same issue you would think these intelligent
    doctors would know So many of us are describing the same thing

  • Don Wilson

    I had mitril ring repair on 2/21/17 and thought i was doing well. Went to rehab and it didnt go well. Hrt rate went to 170 and shortness of breath after walkink briskly for only 1min 40 sec.I have afib that can’t be fixed. Now when at home i get winded and dizzy easily. Very worried feel the end is close.65 yr old man

  • Don Wilson

    I feel the same as you. Was told I would die in less than 4 yrs without surgery. So I had it but now have a bunch of new problems. Wish I could help you.Afraid of death but this isn’t a life worth living.God Bless you.

  • maureen ellis

    I’ve had every test they still have no answers however my blood pressure drops when It happens Sometimes. It hasn’t happened for a while Thank God I am on medication to increase the blood pressure I’m just grateful time being I truly wish you the best if you have any answers? please email me

  • Don Wilson

    I had mitril repair on feb 21st and have severe dizzyness to the point of blacking out. Doctors say its meds but mostly fluid around the heart. I am back in the hospital march 13th and will probably have the fluid drained. More risky heart surgery 3 weeks after the valve repair. And the fluid could rtn. Don’t think I can get any lower. If I was a horse they would shoot me.

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