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NEW YORK — Talk show host Charlie Rose underwent heart surgery in Paris on Wednesday after experiencing shortness of breath last week while in Syria, a spokesman said. He was in intensive care.

Rose, anchor and executive editor of PBS’s “The Charlie Rose Show,” underwent mitral valve surgery at the Georges Pompidou European Hospital, spokesman Howard Rubenstein said in a faxed statement.

Mitral valve repair is an open-heart procedure to treat narrowing or regurgitation of the valve, according to the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Rubenstein said he talked with Rose on Tuesday, and that he had “sounded real good.”

Rose, 64, was in Syria to interview Syrian President Bashar Assad.

He is expected to recuperate in Paris before returning to New York. His doctors expect him to be back at work by the end of April.

In the meantime, his program will be hosted by journalists and foreign policy experts chosen by his staff.

“The Charlie Rose Show” airs on more than 200 PBS affiliates around the United States.