Miriam Margolyes confirmed she’s had heart surgery and shared a health update on Wednesday.
The actress, 82, has undergone a procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) – which she called a ‘refined’ operation and stopped her from having to have open heat surgery.
Speaking on the Table Manners podcast with Jessie and Lennie Ware 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: ‘Is that quite common?’ to which she replied: ‘I think it’s rather refined, actually!
Tough: Miriam Margolyes confirmed she’s had heart surgery and shared a health update on Wednesday
Serious: The actress, 82, has undergone transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) – which she called a ‘refined’ operation and stopped her from having to have open heat surgery
‘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.’
Lennie asked: ‘So how did they do it? With a keyhole?’
Miriam explained: ‘They made two little holes in your groin. One in each groin and then they shoved this thing through.
‘And I don’t know how they pull it up but they sort of pull it up with stereos. And then when it comes to the point, when it’s in your heart, they pull a little string and it goes pow!
‘And lo and behold, your artery or your aortic valve is shoved unceremoniously to the side.’
It comes after in June she told Vogue how she was facing the surgery after being rushed to hospital in an emergency the month before.
Describing the health issue as ‘unexpected’, Miriam opened up that it had made her confront death as a result.
She said: ‘When you’re young, you never think about death. You just think about your next f**k basically. I think about death a lot.
Surgery: Speaking on the Table Manners 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’
Details: She added: ‘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’
‘Now every morning when I get up I think, ‘Hmmm, another day,’ which maybe I wasn’t expecting.’
Before that in May the Harry Potter star was taken to The Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea, London with a chest infection.
The comedian, who played Professor Sprout in the fantasy franchise, shared a photo of herself taken in her hospital bed as she informed fans about her condition.
She wrote: ‘Thanks to my precious friends who thought of me on Tavi Day. I did survive and I am still in The Royal Brompton Hospital certainly till Sunday.
‘I am growing energy but it’s still not quite me. I am putting this so you know how grateful I am for lovely messages.
‘Slowly I’ll get back to The Chase and then Italy, Oz filming in WA and return for 22 city books tour on Sept 7. Loving hugs. MM’.
Miriam had been hoping to be sent home that Sunday but sadly took to Facebook again with another health update.
She wrote: ‘I spoke too soon. Can’t come home yet. I have a chest infection. Probably tomorrow but at least I’m resting. Love to all. Thank you for your lovely messages.’
Finally on the Tuesday, Miriam revealed she was being let home as she thanked all her fans for their well wishes.
She wrote: ‘Beloved chums. After a s*** yesterday I am going home later today.
‘Heartfelt thanks to all my wonderful friends who sent messages and to the very fine doctors and nurses at the RBHT who put up with me.’
Miriam was inundated with messages from fans as she confirmed she was on the mend.
It comes after last month Miriam branded herself ‘pathetic’ for failing to overcome her weight problems, after revealing it’s left her with spinal issues.
She confessed that she would indulge in cheesecakes and fudge when she should have been focusing on her health, and predicted she’ll end up in a wheelchair.
Speaking on the How To Fail podcast, Miriam described her weight as a ‘major failure’ as it’s left her with spinal stenosis, which occurs when the space around the spinal cord becomes too narrow.
She said: ‘The one thing I have not conquered and should have conquered is my weight. I am a blubber mass. I am fat. And to be fat and 82 is truly pathetic.’
Miriam also admitted that she told another overweight woman of the same age ‘don’t be fat.’
She added: ‘It’s such a defeat. A cream bun, a chocolate, a helping of chopped liver is more important than your health and aesthetic presentation?
‘No it isn’t more important, it’s just greed, lack of discipline, all the things I’m embarrassed by in myself.
‘It is a major failure and because of that I’ve got spinal stenosis, I can’t walk, I’m going to be in a wheelchair before I’m much older.
‘I’ve limited my life because of my longing for fudge or chopped liver, cheesecake. All these absurdities, I shouldn’t have been so greedy, have been stronger. I f**k everything up by greed and I think it’s shameful.’
Miriam, who previously appeared in a BBC series documenting her weight struggles, added: ‘I mean, look at Camilla, our Queen, she’s a good-looking woman, she’s got her body in trim.
‘I like her as a person… She’s splendid and she’s taken care of herself. It wasn’t joy, it was laziness, it was greed – and I regret it.
‘I would like to be better looking, I would like to have a flatter tummy, and a stronger back and longer legs. But f**k it, here I am.’
In June, when Miriam became one of the most unlikely cover stars for Vogue, she explained she only agreed to pose nude if they wouldn’t show her stomach as ‘it’s too horribly fat and ugly.’
She revealed: ‘It took 20 people to make me look like that.
‘When I got that email… I thought someone’s having a laugh. ”That can’t be right, Vogue?”
‘I’ve never looked at Vogue, it’s the sort of magazine you get in high-class hairdressers, where I never go, and poncy hotels. Anyway, it happened. I think it’s brilliant.
‘I was discombobulated totally. I didn’t know how anybody would work with me, what it would be like, what was I supposed to be.
‘I knew that it was a gay pride issue so, it was because I was an old dyke that they wanted me in the magazine. But I never thought about a cover photograph.
Beloved role: The actress played Professor Sprout (pictured) in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets released in 2002 and 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Struggles: It comes after last month Miriam branded herself ‘pathetic’ for failing to overcome her weight problems, after revealing it’s left her with spinal issues
Woes: Speaking on the How To Fail podcast, Miriam described her weight as a ‘major failure’ as it’s left her with spinal stenosis
‘And the one of me with my tits on cream buns – that was [photographer Tim Walker] being naughty.
‘He said to me ”would you strip off?” I said, ”why?” He said ”I’ve got an idea for a photo”.
‘And I said ”well I don’t want my belly in the photo because it’s too horribly fat and ugly.”
Along with her role in Harry Potter, Miriam is also known for starring in The Age of Innocence and the TV series Call The Midwife and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.
What is a transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI)?
The NHS says: ‘A transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a procedure that we use to treat aortic stenosis.
‘This is a condition where the aortic valve in your heart is narrowed.
‘During the procedure, we put a new valve inside the narrowed aortic valve in your heart. You usually have a local anaesthetic.
‘This means that you are awake, but do not feel any pain. The procedure takes 1 to 2 hours.
‘You have tests called a TAVI assessment to decide if a TAVI is the best option for you.
‘After this assessment, your heart team contacts you with an appointment for your TAVI procedure.’