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Congressman Larson Recovering After Heart Surgery
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Connecticut Congressman John Larson will be released from St Francis Hospital in Hartford in the next five days after undergoing elective heart valve replacement surgery.

John Larson's cardiologist, Dr. Daniel Diver says Larson decided last month to have the surgery to coincide with Congress' summer recess. Diver says the surgery was an elective procedure to correct a congenital defect.

"<The> Congressman was in perfect health. And in the modern era, we take this step prior to it causing any problems with the heart muscle or cardiac function. As we did here, and we expect a full recovery."

Larson is 61 years old. His doctor says heart valve replacement surgery is fairly common for individuals in their 60s.
Family spokesman, Barry Feldman says Larson wanted to wait until the surgery was completed before disclosing details to the public. He's expected to return to work in September.

The East Hartford native is the fourth highest-ranking Democrat in the House. He's serving his sixth term in Congress
News of Larson's health comes just a few days after another member of Connecticut's congressional delegation, Senator Chris Dodd disclosed he has early stage prostate cancer.