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A 21-year-old female asked:

Had mitral valve repair sugery in august, having shortness of breath, cardiologist said not from heart, if oxygen level 100..is it from lungs?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Sob: Not enough information here to know. Ask your doctor what is causing your shortness of breath.
Dr. Scott Goldman
Thoracic Surgery 45 years experience
Could be: If you had an echo and the valve is ok you could have shortness of breath from the lungs. There is a condition call post pericadiotomy syndrome this is more common in younger patients. It can cause fluid around the heart and lungs. It is self limited. It can be treated with medication. Youd us can also have shortness of breath secondary to the surgery itself. This also gets better with time.

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Last updated Nov 2, 2013

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