Regis Philbin to have Triple Bypass Heart Surgery this Week

Regis Philbin to have Triple Bypass Heart Surgery this Week

I'm Only One Man! Regis Philbin and Bill Zehme

Regis Philbin announced on today’s show "Live with Regis and Kelly," that he will be undergoing a triple heart bypass surgery later this week. Philbin explained that he does not know when he will be coming back on the show.

Philbin told everyone on the show, "Well, listen, I gotta tell you something...I had been feeling chest pains, you know, and, uh, shortness of breath and all those little symptoms that you hear about."

He further went on to explain that he didn’t want surgery and sought a second opinion about needing the bypass surgery. This isn’t the first time that he has had heart problems, in 1993, he underwent an angiogram.

At this point there was no announcement of who was going to replace him while he is recovering from surgery. He may have a long recovery due to his age.

The surgery for his heart bypass usually takes from four to six hours to complete. The heart is stopped, while they replace an artery from their leg and then the heart is restarted after the replacement is complete.

Kelly Ripa offered her services to nurse him back after surgery by saying, "My primary job will be, like it or not, get your pills ready—your sponge-bath nurse."

Philbin joked back saying, "Why don't you give me a quick dip before I go?"

Regis Philbin has also been the host of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”

By Best Syndication Staff

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