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I had my surgery 8 weeks ago (On-X valve) and then needed a pacemaker 5 weeks ago.  I am going to rehab and can do treadmill, bike, etc. at increasing speed and resistance with no SOB.  But if I walk up the stairs, or bend over and then stand up and walk a few steps, I get terribly short of breath (gasping). Has anyone else experienced this? Is it normal at this stage?  Thanks.

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