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05th Apr 2019

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger undergoes ‘successful’ heart surgery

Marc Mayo

The band’s North American tour was postponed to allow the 75-year-old to have the procedure

Mick Jagger is recovering in hospital after undergoing the heart valve procedure that led to the postponment of the Rolling Stones’ North American tour.

An arena tour of the States was penned in for this month but was cancelled on Sunday amid Jagger’s health problems. It will now take place in July with the exact dates still being confirmed.

The 75-year-old singer underwent heart surgery on Thursday night, according to Billboard, and is now due to stay in hospital as doctors monitor his recovery.

The procedure, known as a transcatheter aortic valve replacement, repaired a heart valve connected to Jagger’s femoral artery and is considered minimally invasive. However, there is a risk of internal bleeding in the days after the operation, hence the Brit’s stay in hospital.

It should mean Jagger is ready and able to perform on the Rolling Stones tour this summer, with the technology available for heart valve surgery developing substantially in recent years.

“One of the most remarkable achievements, really, of the 20th century is the fact that we’re able to operate on people’s heart valves,” veteran surgeon Dr. Ashish Shah told CNN.

“If you don’t have any other medical problems, your life expectancy comes back almost to normal.”