Breaking News: King Harald V of Norway to have heart surgery

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King Harald V of Norway, aged 83, will have heart surgery on October 9, 2020, after weeks of respiratory problems unrelated to Covid-19. Crown Prince Haakon will continue to take over his father’s duties.
The Royal House of Norway has issued the following press release:
His Majesty The King is being admitted to Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, to undergo surgery to replace a heart valve. The surgery is scheduled to take place on Friday, 9 October.
In 2005, the King underwent open-heart valve surgery. At that time, the aortic valve was replaced with an artificial biological heart valve. Artificial biological heart valves have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years, and therefore it is not uncommon that the intervention must be repeated after some time.
The intervention this time will not be open-heart surgery. The King will be awake and the procedure will be carried out under local anesthesia via the groin. The procedure will be carried out by the medical team led by the King’s physician, Bjørn Bendz, Head of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet.
“His Majesty The King has had regular check-ups, and the tests we have been carrying out indicate that this procedure is necessary to improve the King’s breathing. This type of procedure is performed hundreds of times each year at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet, and the Norwegian surgeons are extremely experienced,” says the King’s physician, Bjørn Bendz.

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