Former Israeli President Peres Rushed to Hospital, Week After Heart Attack

Peres was suffering for chest pains, transferred to hospital for observation after EKG found irregular heart rate; to be kept overnight.

Former President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, addresses journalists at the Tel Ashomer Hospital in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, on January 19, 2016, after treatment for a heart problem.
Former President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres, at the Tel Ashomer Hospital, on January 19, 2016, after treatment for a heart problem. AFP

Former Israeli president Shimon Peres was rushed to a hospital on Sunday evening after complaining of chest pains, a week after suffering a heart attack. 

Paramedics were called to Peres' residence, and after an EKG found an irregular heart rate they decided to take him to a hospital.

Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, said that Peres arrived at the hospital suffering from an irregular heart rate which later passed. Nonetheless, the hospital said the former Israeli president would be kept overnight for observation at the intensive care unit, but wasn't expected to undergo any invasive procedures.

Peres' physician said the irregular heart rate was normal, considering last week's heart attack. "There was doubt whether it was even necessary to take him to a hospital, but we decided not to take a risk and the irregularity, as we said, passed on its own," the doctor said.

Peres was rushed last week to the hospital after experiencing chest pains. A check-up found an irregular heart rate and he was given a successful cardiac catheterization.

Peres completed his seven-year term as president in 2014 but remains in the public eye. He is still active through his non-governmental Peres Center for Peace, which promotes coexistence between Arabs and Jews and peace and development in the Middle East.

In a seven-decade political career, Peres also served three brief stints as prime minister.

U.S. President Barack Obama called Peres on Saturday to wish him well after his recent heart attack.