Hoiberg to Undergo Heart Sugery

Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg will undergo heart surgery next Friday to replace his aortic valve.

Fred Hoiberg will undergo open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve on April 17 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., it was announced Friday.

It was discovered during a physical in 2005 that Hoiberg had an enlarged aortic root. The discovery forced Hoiberg's 10-year NBA career to come to an end after he underwent heart surgery and had a pacemaker inserted.

Hoiberg had his pacemaker replaced last offseason and has known this day was coming. Now the date is set for next Friday.

“After my initial surgery to replace my aortic root 10 years ago, I knew that this was something that would need to be done at some point,” Hoiberg said. “My valve has severe regurgitation and the time has come to get it replaced. I am hopeful that this will be my last surgery and I’m looking forward to getting this behind me.”

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