After suffering a stroke in December, Canadian journalist Nardwuar the Human Serviette has revealed that he's to undergo heart surgery today (January 25) to help close a hole in his heart.
It had been revealed last month, after Nardwuar had been discharged from Vancouver General Hospital, that the journo was due to undergo surgery in February. Today, he explained via his Facebook page that he's getting a PFO closure.
UPDATE (01/25, 9:45 p.m.): We're happy to report that the surgery was a success, and Nardwuar is now home resting.
A PFO, or patent foramen ovale, is described as "a hole in the heart" between the left and right atria. While this exists in the fetal stage and just after birth, the flap tends to close during infancy. This didn't happen for Nardwuar.
Though many can live normally with a PFO without noticing any side effects, the hole could also lead to the development of blood clots, which could lead to a stroke.
As previously reported, Nardwuar had suffered a stroke while attending Mint Records' Christmas party in Vancouver on December 5. He was promptly taken to Vancouver General Hospital and treated for his ailment and was later discharged on December 12.
To help explain the procedure a bit more, Nardwuar posted a video of Poison singer Bret Michaels explaining to the hosts of medical talk show The Doctors about his own PFO diagnosis. The clip can be found below.
Exclaim! wishes Nardwuar a speedy recovery.