Elizabeth Taylor to Have Heart Surgery

Actress says procedure will fix a leaky valve without open heart surgery
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2009 5:30 PM CDT
Elizabeth Taylor in a file photo from last month.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
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(Newser) – Elizabeth Taylor will soon undergo heart surgery, she announced on Twitter today. “Dear Friends, I would like to let you know before it gets in the papers that I am going into the hospital to have a procedure on my heart,” the 77-year-old actress posted this afternoon, notes E! Online. "Any prayers you happen to have lying around I would dearly appreciate. I'll let you know when it's all over. Love you, Elizabeth."

Of the procedure, Taylor said: “It's very new and involves repairing my leaky valve using a clip device, without open heart surgery, so that my heart will function better.”