Norway’s King Harald successfully recovers from heart operation

King HaraldPhoto: Marit Hommedal / NTB

King Harald has recovered from his heart valve operation, according to Norway’s Royal House.

The information was confirmed by the Royal House in a press release on Friday.

On October 9, the king underwent a successful heart valve operation. 

He then went on sick leave until the end of October.

While the king was on sick leave, Crown Prince Haakon stepped in and took over some of his usual duties.

Operated in 2005

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

An artificial heart valve was then inserted.

Such heart valves usually have a “lifespan” of 10 to 15 years.

Therefore, it is not uncommon for such interventions to have to be repeated after some time – in the king’s case, after 15 years.

Such operations are performed several hundred times a year at Rikshospitalet.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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