Wondering if I could get some advice from other runners (or cyclers, swimmer, etc) out there. I am about 4.5 mo post surgical AVR with a bioprosthetic valve ...Read more
Wondering if I could get some advice from other runners (or cyclers, swimmer, etc) out there. I am about 4.5 mo post surgical AVR with a bioprosthetic valve and asc aorta replacement (5/5/23); my post-op course was complicated by atrial flutter (no episodes after the first month). Been in cardiac rehab for the past 3 mo and I will have my last session in 2 days.
11 years ago, I won a 5 mi trail run and ran my first half marathon, and then was diagnosed with a moderately stenosed bicuspid valve. My cardiologist recommended I stop running races but said I could run slowly. I had been running about 6.3 miles 3x/week and swimming about 1 mi 2x/week slowly for the past 10+ years prior to finding out my valve was critically stenosed in April 2023.
Recently, when I've tried to run intervals on the treadmill or swim my previous duration, I would feel okay during but feel delayed shortness of breath (normal rate and rhythm except some PVC's) for 1-2 days afterwards. I realized I was pushing myself too much too early. When did you start running (or do other more intense cardio)? How did you increase? Intervals? How long did it take for you to get back your previous conditioning, if at all? Thank you!