Ed Koch To Have Heart Valve Surgery


Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, 84, joins a list of other celebrities who have needed heart surgery. Koch who served as major from 1977 to 1989 suffered a heart attack in 1999.

His spokesman George Arzt has told the press Koch is scheduled to have his aortic heart valve replaced at New York Presbyterian Hospital later this week or early next week. He was initially scheduled for a coronary angioplasty procedure on Monday but doctors decided against the procedure.


Earlier this year, former first lady Barbara Bush, 83, had her aortic valve replace with a pig’s valve on Wednesday March 4, 2009. Her surgery was performed by heart surgeon Dr Gerald Lawrie at Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center in Houston, TX.

Comedian Robin Williams, 57, postponed his one-man comedy tour in March to have his aortic valve surgery.

After successful aortic valve replacement, patients can expect to return to their preoperative condition or better. A patient will require preventative or prophylactic antibiotics whenever having dental work, and should always tell a doctor about their valve surgery before any surgical procedure.

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