Mick Jagger is OK After Heart Procedure

Mick Jagger has had a heart procedure performed at a New York hospital and is feeling fine. The show will go on, just at later dates, most likely beginning in July.

The procedure is called "transcatheter aortic valve replacement." (Is that a fancy name for a stent?) Billboard reports:

Doctors were able to access Jagger's heart valve through his femoral artery and are now monitoring the Rolling Stones frontman for any complications that could arise from the procedure, including excess bleeding.

Get well, Mick. And please reschedule Denver!

Update: Answer to my question: Yes, it is kind of like a stent.

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    no, it is not. (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by cpinva on Fri Apr 05, 2019 at 08:10:07 PM EST
    "(Is that a fancy name for a stent?)"

    however, a similar procedure/eqpt. is used for both, and the insertion point for both is your thigh. I know this, because 14 years ago that procedure (stent) was attempted on me. unfortunately, it turned out I had been dead for the previous six months, so they ended up doing a quad-bypass instead. sometimes, being a ginormous asshole has its benefits. it turns out I was too obnoxious to actually keel over dead.

    Acutally, Yes it Is (none / 0) (#5)
    by Jeralyn on Sat Apr 06, 2019 at 12:44:29 AM EST
    no, it still isn't. (none / 0) (#7)
    by cpinva on Sat Apr 06, 2019 at 10:01:22 AM EST
    what Mr. Jagger had were two different procedures, a valve replacement, AND a stent put in a "sagging" artery. see this article:

    https:/deadline.com/2019/04/rolling-stones-singer-mick-jagger-resting-after-successful-heart-surger y-1202585573

    a stent is a teeny, tiny piece of tubular mesh, inserted into the artery, to open it, and reinforce the wall. it increases the flow of freshly oxygenated blood from the heart (this is what was originally planned for me). the valve is part of the heart muscle itself and, like the valves on your car's engine, opens and closes to move the blood through the heart/oxygenate it. again, two different, though related, things.

    so yes, he did have a stent inserted, but the procedure you cited was the valve replacement, not a "fancy name for a stent".

    per the reports, he's doing well, and I'm happy for him.


    TAVR is "Somewhat similar to a stent... (none / 0) (#16)
    by Jack E Lope on Mon Apr 08, 2019 at 05:27:25 PM EST
    ...as noted in the linked article, in the method of delivery/application.   (This is not considered a surgery, it's a "procedure".)

    The cost of TAVR is about the same as the cost of open-heart valve replacement.   Recovery time after TAVR is shorter than after open-heart surgery.   A TAVR is not expected to last as long as a surgically-implanted valve, but there is not enough history to confirm that yet - plus, the technology is quickly changing.

    The main thing that TAVR offers is an option for patients who might be too fragile for heart surgery.  Mick Jagger meets the age qualification (in the US), so FDA would consider it an "on-label" use of the valve, but an insurance company is likely to deny paying for a TAVR for someone without other strong risk factors for surgery.*  The NHS sounds as if they would not consider Mick for "TAVI", as they call it, either.

    My wife has worked (as a nurse) in a cardiac catheter lab for more than 25 years**; that cath lab was part of the US test of TAVR (Trans-Aortic Valve Replacement) on inoperable patients only, a few years ago.  Later, the FDA allowed expanded use; the guidelines still suggest TAVR for patients 75 years of age or above, or otherwise at high risk of complications from surgery.  

    *I had to look up some actuarial info to find that age is weighted at 12.x% per year over 74 by one MediGap plan, so someone would have to be over 82 years old for age alone to qualify paying for a TAVR.  However, nobody really gets to be 82 without accumulating other risk factors.   That reminds me, today is my father's birthday!

    **She was there for field trials before the FDA first approved a coronary stent.


    A stent (none / 0) (#2)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Apr 05, 2019 at 08:17:08 PM EST
    And I only know this because years ago I did a 3D instructional video about it, is like a wire mesh tube that is inserted and expanded with a balloon like thing to hold a passageway open.

    What he had sounds more organic.

    In that case, (none / 0) (#3)
    by desertswine on Fri Apr 05, 2019 at 09:41:48 PM EST
    I'm looking forward to Mick Jagger prancing thru 50 more years of rock n roll.

    I heard (none / 0) (#4)
    by MKS on Fri Apr 05, 2019 at 11:10:37 PM EST
    He is really in California.

    Keith richards (none / 0) (#6)
    by Repack Rider on Sat Apr 06, 2019 at 09:41:50 AM EST
    Will kill the last surviving cockroach.

    No kidding (none / 0) (#11)
    by Ga6thDem on Sun Apr 07, 2019 at 09:37:46 AM EST
    It's like Richards looks like he's on death's door but yet he is still going strong.

    What a drag it is (none / 0) (#8)
    by Peter G on Sat Apr 06, 2019 at 10:42:31 AM EST
    But (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by FlJoe on Sat Apr 06, 2019 at 02:13:10 PM EST
    you'll never break this heart of stone.

    Very true but, (none / 0) (#10)
    by fishcamp on Sat Apr 06, 2019 at 02:13:22 PM EST
    I'm awaiting a song by the Stones  about being old.  🕶

    Good outcome for Mr. Jagger. (none / 0) (#12)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Sun Apr 07, 2019 at 12:41:32 PM EST

    Worthy of note he chose to fly to New York rather than avail the "free" services of the NHS.

    As an aside, when the CAT scan detected my beautiful bride's aneurism she had a new aorta the following week.

    Why do all you right wingers (5.00 / 4) (#18)
    by Chuck0 on Tue Apr 09, 2019 at 10:57:20 AM EST
    believe that if the 99% get healthcare, the 1% will somehow suddenly be denied the ability to jetset wherever they choose for an operation?

    Sounds like the beginning (none / 0) (#13)
    by jondee on Sun Apr 07, 2019 at 01:55:53 PM EST
    of another Ted Cruz-GOP "stupid people unite" speech.

    We should all be proud to live in a land where anyone is Free! to fly to New York for medical treatment at anytime.


    Or proud to live with govt health care (none / 0) (#14)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Sun Apr 07, 2019 at 06:03:21 PM EST
    Of course (5.00 / 3) (#15)
    by CaptHowdy on Sun Apr 07, 2019 at 06:16:07 PM EST
    It much better if you are only left to go blind because you can't afford surgery.

    The Vast Majority... (5.00 / 2) (#17)
    by ScottW714 on Tue Apr 09, 2019 at 10:51:52 AM EST
    ... of cataract surgeries in the US are for people over 60.  Medicare (government health care) covers cataract surgery and if we gave it to everyone, all cataract surgeries in the US would be covered.  

    Certainly more than are currently covered, but I am guessing going blind in the US becasue you cannot afford insurance is not a right wing talking point.

    Thanks for keeping us uninformed.


    Medicare does pay for cataract surgery (none / 0) (#19)
    by fishcamp on Tue Apr 09, 2019 at 06:16:13 PM EST
    And the tiny self unfolding lenses they put in unless you have an astigmatism.  They won't pay for that $650 lens. About one out of three Americans have at least one astigmatism, you know the football shaped eye instead of the perfect baseball shaped one.  Not sure about the rest of the world, but I would guess they are the same.

    BTW my eye surgeon was a little gruff, (5.00 / 1) (#20)
    by fishcamp on Tue Apr 09, 2019 at 06:26:16 PM EST
    so I asked the office gal about that and she said all he wants to talk about are Rolex watches, gold chains, and fast cars.  So for the next eye surgery two weeks later, I wore my old Rolex, threw on an extra gold chain, and didn't mention my old Acura.  We got along just fine.

    Way OT but (none / 0) (#21)
    by ragebot on Wed Apr 10, 2019 at 02:43:50 PM EST
    this gives new meaning to heavy metal thunder.