Norway’s King Harald must undergo heart valve surgery

King HaraldPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB

King Harald will be admitted to Rikshospitalet on Thursday to undergo heart valve surgery.

The information was confirmed by Norway’s Royal House.

The operation will take place on Friday.

King Harald also underwent an operation on the heart valve between the heart and the main artery in 2005.

He had an artificial heart valve inserted at the time.

Such heart valves have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years – it’s therefore not uncommon for such interventions to be repeated after some time, the Royal House explained.

Necessary medical intervention

“His Majesty the King has gone through regular check-ups, and the recent report shows that this intervention is necessary to improve the king’s breathing.

“This type of operation is performed several hundred times a year at Rikshospitalet, and the Norwegian doctors are very experienced,” the king’s personal physician Bjørn Bendz explained.

King Harald was discharged from Rikshospitalet on Monday, September 28.

He was admitted there due to heavy breathing.

As planned, the Crown Prince Regent Haakon will carry out the constitutional duties in the king’s absence.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


1 Comment on "Norway’s King Harald must undergo heart valve surgery"

  1. King Harald is one tough customer, so he should make it.

    All the best, Harald Olavs son. See you on the other side.

    We all need you.

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