Ailing

Heart Surgery for Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters kicked off Monday’s episode of The View with an unexpected announcement: “Later this week, I’m going to have surgery to replace one faulty heart valve,” said the host, who had kept her heart condition under wraps for some time before going public with the news. Recovery from valve replacement typically requires between one and three months, and Walters explained, “Since the summer is coming up, I can take a nice vacation.”