I thought my new bovine av , which is about three times as large as the calcified one it replaced, would at a minimum, allow the same good performance I had up to replacement . It appears they gave me a one time med to calm the fluctuations of BP 100 to the 150s and I have since stayed between 110 and 120. Resting is settling in about about 60 vs pre op 55. This morning I went for a near brisk 45 minute 3.5k walk on flat land and bpm held under 100. No idea what BP was but I felt super. 35 minutes on a stationary bike set low at at 40 and a limited rpm? Of 65 , was a boring breeze.I was doing 12k hard cross country walks in two hours and 28 k cross country very hilly on an vintage gt lts mountain bike in 1hour 38 minutes and felt great. Spikes in bpm were around 148. The way I felt today , getting back to those levels won’t be too hard in the near future.
That is all great news! I know that you are eager to test out your new valve, but just be careful not to push too hard too soon. There is a lot of healing that still needs to go on. The last thing that you want to do is create too much pressure before sutures have healed fully and do some damage. You have the rest of your life to push your cardio to the limits and see how much your new valve can improve your performance, which is something that a lot of folks experience.
Usually, it is around the 3 month point where your surgeon or cardiologist will give you the green light to go hard in your work outs.
With the beta-blocker, your HR and blood pressure can be misleading, when compared against your pre-surgery baseline. It lowers your heart rate and also your blood pressure. Once I went off of the beta-blocker, my resting and exercising HR was higher than pre-surgery. I was in the 52 to 58 range pre-surgery at rest, and was then in the 70s after going off the beta-blocker. It took many months to normalize. Many others have experienced this rise in HR following surgery. If you are on a beta-blocker, it will mask this increase until you go off of it.
Keep up the exercise and the updates! It's great to hear how well you're doing!