Dora posted a note for William that says:
You will see and feel a difference as each week goes by. Everyone is different, but week 8&9 I really felt a difference . I'm 10 weeks post op and feel really good. It's only been 2 weeks, your body is still healing.
Joe Kusiak posted a note for William that says:
I had my aortic valve replaced on 8/2/13. The 5 days in the hospital were tough. Walking a hundred feet was an accomplishment. Once home walking around the block took a long time with many stops. A month or so it gets better. 3 months you will begin to feel better than ever and at 6 almost anything goes. It will be 8 for me next week and I work out 5 or 65 times a week. I do 50 minutes on a bike almost everyday and I am 61. Ve patient listen to your doctor and I advise cardiac rehab as soon as the doctor allows it for you.
Cam posted a note for William that says:
Thank you for the responses. I feel better that I'm not alone needing the naps after exercise :) I will be patient and pray for my energy to return :) I am feeling a little better each day.
Kerstin Lampert posted a note for William that says:
I had my aortic valve replacement on March 10, 2014. So, I am about 6 weeks post surgery. I can walk on the flat for a good distance, and my heart rate will go up to about 100+. Uphill walks will increase it even more. Yes, I am still napping in the afternoon, but I get up real early in the a.m. (around 4 a.m.) because of the clicking from my valve.....so naturally, I will be more tired in the afternoon. I am lucky; because I am retired; and I can take naps. I will plan to start cardiac rehab in a couple of weeks.....and I think the more exercise I get the more energy I will have.
Meredith Bray posted a note for William that says:
Pfft! I'm 8 weeks out and went to cardiac rehab (gym) this morning, then came home and took a 2 hour nap! Yes, it is so normal to be wiped out after a walk, you're only 2 weeks post op, you still have a lot of healing to do! Your bones are still mending, your heart is still getting used to a "new normal." At 7 weeks I found I could walk all around a theme park for hours, but the next day I sat in my recliner because I overdid it.
My physical therapy calendar for 14 days post op says to walk 11 minutes at a time, 3 times a day. I rested after each walk. I rested after each meal. Heck, I rested after taking a shower!
I had my mitral valve repaired at Duke 04/15/14. Like you I feel tired and winded easy, but slowly getting better each day. It's normal recovery process after such trauma to your body. Of course, each patient is different depending on the age, health condition and type of surgery you had. Just keep working on it slowly and you will get there. Good luck!