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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Is My Shortness of Breath a Concern?

By    |   Tuesday, 10 December 2013 05:01 PM

Question: I had heart-valve surgery several months ago and now feel like I have shortness of breath occasionally. Do I need to worry?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Yes. You need to report your shortness of breath to your cardiologist and your surgeon without delay. Heart valve repair is major surgery, and shortness of breath needs to be assessed.
If these specialists are unable to see you right away, go to your primary care physician or, if necessary, visit a hospital emergency department for further evaluation.

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Shortness of breath can be a sign of heart problems and should be reported to your cardiologist without delay.
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