Jean Smart believes that caring for your health comes from the heart. The “Hacks” actress revealed on Thursday that she is recovering from a recent heart operation on Instagram.
“February is American Heart Month — a time when the nation spotlights heart health, so it feels important to share with all of you that I’m recovering from a recent, successful heart procedure,” Smart wrote. “I am fortunate to have excellent professional care and support from family and friends while I continue to recuperate.”
Smart encouraged her followers to be proactive about their health. “Please listen to your body and talk to your doctor,” she added. “I’m very glad I did.”
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In her post, Smart withheld any information regarding the procedure and the condition that led to it. USA TODAY has reached out to Smart’s representatives for comment.
“Hacks,” with Carl Clemons-Hopkins and Hannah Einbinder, the Emmy-winning dramedy Smart is now filming its third season. But, some departments of the show’s producers have been put on hold while Smart recovers, according to a source with knowledge of the matter who was not permitted to comment publicly
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“We are so happy that our beloved Jean Smart’s heart procedure was successful and she’s on the mend,” HBO Max and Universal Television said in a statement. “HBO Max and UTV send their well wishes.”
Smart has already spoken openly about her condition. The actress previously discussed how her experience with diabetes as a kid affected the course of her acting career in an interview with The New Yorker.
“My mother insisted that I stay in Seattle for college. I had been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when I was 13, and she still hadn’t gotten over that by the time I was getting ready to graduate high school. She was afraid, I think, for me to go out of state to school,” said Smart, who would go on to enroll in the “phenomenal theatre program” at the University of Washington. “So, I have my mother and my diabetes to thank.”