Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What’s Causing My Shortness of Breath?

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Question: I recently had open-heart surgery and was told that my main heart valve was leaking, but has been fixed. But I sometimes feel like I have shortness of breath. Do you think I should talk to someone about it?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
 
You should definitely report your shortness of breath to both your cardiologist and your cardiovascular surgeon without delay. Heart valve repair is major surgery, and shortness of breath should be immediately reported and investigated. 
 
If these specialists are unable to see you right away, go to your primary care physician. If they elect to not see you right away, you should visit a hospital emergency department for further evaluation.

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Unusual, sudden shortness of breath should be reported to a doctor without delay.
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