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Local heart surgeon on Walters' valve replacement

by Pam Warnke

WAUSAU (WAOW)-- Barbara Walters announced Monday she will take a short leave of absence from The View.  She's having a heart valve replaced.  The television legend has known about the need for the surgery for sometime and thought this was the right time to take care of it.  A local heart surgeon says aortic valve replacement is one of the most common procedures especially in people over the age of 70. 

Dr. Ronald Miles of Aspirus Heart & Vascular Institute says, "It's very safe.  In this day and age, if we're just operating on the valve I will do this operation through a two and a half inch incision.  Most people are in the hospital two to three days, and they return to a normal level of activity in six to eight weeks."

Dr. Miles says a good physical exam can uncover the need for a valve replacement often times when a murmur discovered or by an echocardiogram.


He says more than 20,000 aortic valve replacements will be done in this country this year.

Online Reporter: Pam Warnke


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