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Mick Jagger successfully undergoes heart procedure

The rumours were almost true. Instead of having his valve replacement today (April 5), it looks like Mick’s procedure was completed yesterday. We don’t have much to go on other than he’s fine and resting comfortably at (we think) New York’s Presbyterian Hospital.

The procedure, known as a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), involved reaching the heart through a vein in the groin. This is much easier on the body on the old method, which involved cracking open the chest, stopping the heart, a heart-lung machine, and some serious mucking about.

Jagger needs four or five days of rest so that he artery can heal and not cause a bleed-out. He’ll need another couple of months of recovery before the Stones can think about rescheduling their postponed No Filter tour.

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