Shimon Peres recovering from minor heart attack

Israel's ninth President and two-time former Prime Minister admitted to Tel Hashomer hospital with chest pains.

Yedidya Ben Or,

Shimon Peres
Shimon Peres
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Israel's ninth President, Shimon Peres was admitted to Tel Hashomer Hospital on Thursday morning. Doctors found that he had suffered a mild heart attack, and say that his condition is already improving.

Peres who is 92 years old, is currently conscious. His personal assistant, Ayelet Frish, told Ynet that "He woke up this morning with chest pains. The paramedic from the protection agency said that there is a heart complication and suggested we go to the hospital."  

Peres' office issued a statement saying, "He underwent a cardiac catheterization during which a narrowed artery was diagnosed which was then widened during the procedure. Former President Peres is feeling well and is fully conscious, his condition is stable." 

His personal doctor, Professor Rafi Walden, says that the former president "is only worried about the continuation of his schedule and he is insisting on going on to do some of the schedules prepared for today."

The former president was supposed to participate in a festival at the Habimah theater in Tel Aviv later today. 

Peres was Israel's Prime Minister four times, twice as Prime Minister and twice as interim Prime Minister in the 1980's and 90's. He was part of 12 cabinets and his political career has spanned more than 66 years in Israel.




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