DALLAS, April 1, 2019 — News stories from around the globe are reporting that Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger will undergo heart surgery. The news comes just days after the legendary rock band announced the postponement of their American tour in the wake of unnamed medical issues.

Reports vary from Jagger needing stents to open an artery or a heart valve replacement; and while we do not know the specifics of his condition, the American Heart Association's website, heart.org, can help you better understand these procedures.

Angioplasty and stenting:

A percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or angioplasty is done in a cath lab where a special tubing with an attached deflated balloon is threaded up to the coronary arteries, then if needed, a stent, wire mesh tube, is inserted and used to prop open an artery during angioplasty. 

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Heart Valves:

Many heart valve problems are first identified by the presence of a “murmur” or sound that can be heard when a healthcare provider listens to the heartbeat with a stethoscope. Some murmurs are harmless, and others can indicate an underlying problem with the valve. If you or your healthcare provider notice a murmur, here are some of the things he/she may be looking into further.

Murmurs may indicate valve problems including:

  • Stenosis: a narrowing or stiffening of the valve that prevents adequate blood supply from flowing through
  • Regurgitation: when valves allow blood to flow backward into the chamber
  • Prolapse: a valve that has improperly closing leaflets
  • Atresia: a valve that is improperly formed or missing

Once a heart valve begins to affect the heart’s ability to pump blood, it is likely to require a repair or replacement. Visit risks for valve disease to see what makes a person at increased risk for developing a dangerous heart valve problem.

To learn more about your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke, visit https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics

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