Howard opted for an experimental transcatheter treatment that has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He said it is far less invasive than open-heart surgery and has far shorter recovery time.
“They need guinea pigs,” Howard said. “I signed up to be a guinea pig. If it works, I’ll have a fully functioning aortic valve.”
The valve, he noted, is “part metal, part fabric, part cow. It’s a really crazy looking thing.”
He said if all went well, he could be back to work within a month. He currently hosts a daily podcast and regular TV segments for stations all over the country including WSB-TV in Atlanta. (He left radio in 2020.)
Suzanne Nadell, the news director at WSB-TV, said she was thrilled that “all went well.”