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Duke of Edinburgh Successfully Undergoes Heart Surgery

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on December 24, 2011 at 2:12 PM
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 Duke of Edinburgh Successfully Undergoes Heart Surgery

The 90-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has been successfully treated for coronary artery blockage on Friday. He will stay in the hospital overnight.

The royal family had gathered at Sandringham House in Norfolk to celebrate Christmas, when Prince Philip suffered from chest pain. He was then flown to the cardiac unit at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire for precautionary tests. Doctors diagnosed him with a blocked coronary artery and decided to perform the keyhole coronary stenting surgery, which is minimally invasive.

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The palace refused to confirm whether the Duke had suffered a heart attack, only saying that tests at the hospital showed a blocked coronary artery was the reason for the Duke's discomfort. According to Buckingham Palace's statement, "Prince Philip will remain under observation in hospital for a short period."

Source: Medindia
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