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A 21-year-old female asked:

For how long will you have shortness of breath after heart surgery for mitral valve repair if cardiologist says echo looks after surgery.

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Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 24 years experience
6 months to health: You had mitral surgery repair. The recovery for shortness of breath right after surgery is about 1-2 weeks. You will get your strength back by walking. It will take 6 months to recover and have your heart in good shape for a 21 year old. Hope this helps and remember everyone is different.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Post op: If the mitral valve repair was successful, the shortness of breath if due to the mitral regurgitation should be improved post op and get gradually better over the next 6 weeks. The timing will vary depending on the state of the heart and other physical characteristics.

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Last updated May 7, 2019

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