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How long does it take to fully return to normal after open heart surgery?

While recuperating from open heart surgery (aortic valve) 2 1/2 months since operation, I have been experiencing dizziness at various times. When will that end? How long does it take to fully return to normal? I go to physical cardiac rehab and seem fine that day, but still tire very easily.

submitted by Robert from Jupiter, Florida on 1/20/2014


by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, Denton A. Cooley, MD  

Denton A. Cooley, MD, FACS, FACC, FCCPThe duration of such symptoms after major surgery is unpredictable.  That you are participating in cardiac rehab is helpful.

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