Barbara Walters having surgery to get new heart valve

In case you didn't flick on The View on Monday morning like so many out-of-work people do every day, Barbara Walters announced she would be getting heart surgery very soon. How soon? In a couple days.

"Later this week, I'm going to have surgery to replace one faulty heart valve," she said at the beginning of the show. Joy Behar noted that she had kept her secret well (she told her co-hosts right before the show), to which Babs responded, "I thought it best not to talk about it too far in advance."Watch the announcement in the video above.

Walters said she'd "known of this condition for a while now," and figured this was a good time to finally take the plunge. "Since the summer is coming up, I can take a nice vacation," she said. Recovery time is from a month to three months, she added. We should know how she's doing in a few days.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:31am]

    

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