I have just found this very valuable site to answer some questions in my recovery. I had Mitral valve and Tricuspid valve repair 2 months ago (Dec. 10,2018) . The repair was successful but I did have some set-backs which kept me in the hospital for 11 days. I had low blood pressure, needed a blood transfusion, and in and out of Afib. When I was discharged I was extremely week, especially since I had not walked in 10 days.
Two weeks after being home I felt something was wrong with my breathing. I was back in the hospital with a fluid around my lung . Fluid was aspirated and I was discharged from hospital. I continued to not being able to walk without being out of breath and having to sit down every few feet. My cardiologist then prescribed Predisone to help with inflammation
and a water pill. While on Predisone I felt better and was able to walk a longer distance without being exhausted and out of breath.
To complicate my issue, I have Scoliosis and have had Spinal reconstructive surgery 20 years ago. The metal instruments wired on my spine affect almost every vertebrae.
It has just been 2 months since my surgery and I am still having difficulty walking. I have seen my cardiologist and a pulmonologist who do not see any concern.
My question to others that have gone through this is: Did you experience breathing issues and when were you able to walk without difficulty?