Miriam Margolyes has revealed she now has a “cow’s heart” after undergoing an operation to fix a worrying health problem. The 82 year old Harry Potter actress told how she'd had a transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) - a procedure that avoids the need for open heart surgery.The operation meant that her aortic valve was replaced by that of a cow.
Miriam, who is known for playing Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter franchise, as well as for her chaotic appearances on This Morning, discussed the procedure on the Table Manners podcast with Jessie and Lennie Ware.
Speaking on the podcast, she said: “I've got a cow's heart now. Well, not the whole heart. I've had an aortic valve replaced by a cow's aortic valve.” Jessie then asked if the operation was "common".
Miriam replied: “I think it's rather refined, actually! I don't know how common it is. I'd never heard of that operation. But it saves you from having open heart surgery, which would be infinitely more invasive.” Miriam - who was also hospitalised with a chest infection in May this year - went on to describe how the doctors guided a tube with the replacement valve through the femoral artery in her groin to her heart.