Shimon Peres Undergoes Successful Emergency Heart Procedure

Peres, 92, undergoes successful heart catheterization after being rushed to hospital.

Ido Efrati
The Associated Press
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Shimon Peres speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Jerusalem
Shimon Peres speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in JerusalemCredit: AP
Ido Efrati
The Associated Press

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres underwent a successful heart catheterization procedure on Thursday morning. Peres, 92, is feeling well and is fully conscious. He will remain hospitalized for a few days for observation.

The former president felt chest pains on Thursday morning. His personal doctor, Prof. Rafi Walden, was summoned to his home and decided to take him to the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. A check showed that Peres underwent a light heart attack related to a blocked artery.

Prof Michael Eldar, the director of the hospital's Heart Insistute, said that Peres was quickly taken to the catheterization theater and that the blocked artery was swiftly and efficiently opened. "The artery was opened, and the blood flow to the heart is very good," he said. There were no signs of atherosclerosis in other blood vessels around the heart, he added.

Walden added that Peres is feeling well, and that the only change made to his schedule following the incident is the cancellation of his visit to the Soreq Nuclear Research Center, which was scheduled for Thursday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Peres' assistant Yona Bartal following the incident, and sent the former president good-health wishes from him and his wife, Sara.  

Peres won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 following the signing of the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians. He completed his seven-year term as president in 2014 and is still in the public eye. He remains active through his Peres Center for Peace, which promotes coexistence between Arabs and Jews.

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