I had my mitral valve repaired almost 4 weeks ago and after initially returning home to convalesce I began to feel quite unwell and couldn't breathe. I felt like I was drowning in my own body. After two visits to A&E firstly with dehydration and very low blood pressure i was diagnosed on the second visit with pericardial effusion and pleural effusion. (Fluid in my lung cavity and the sack my heart is in) I had the fluid drained and felt better almost instantly but left feeling shattered with another week in another hospital to contend with. I'm back home now to start recovery all over again but feel quite bruised mentally and physically. Just wondering if anyone else has had something similar?