PM moved to intensive cardiac care unit after successful heart surgery

January 24th, 2009 - 6:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Jan 24 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s heart surgery was “successful”, doctors at AIIMS said Saturday, describing his condition as “stable” after an operation here that went on for nearly eight hours.“The operation was successful and there is nothing to worry about. His condition is stable. He has been moved to the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit (ICCU),” hospital sources told IANS.

“Doctors said they would study his vital parameters and discuss his post-operative care following the surgery,” they added.

According to D.K. Sharma, medical superintendent of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), the doctors performed the ‘beating heart’ bypass surgery, a long procedure, on the prime minister, as that was “less risky”.

The prime minister was wheeled into Operation Theatre-5 at about 7.30 a.m.

Earlier, Manmohan Singh was discharged from AIIMS Thursday following an angiography Wednesday, but was re-admitted Friday after he felt uneasy at his 7, Race Course Road residence in the morning.

Tests over two days revealed that the 76-year-old Singh, who became prime minister in May 2004 heading a Congress-led government, had multiple arterial blockages.

Manmohan Singh first underwent a bypass surgery in Britain in 1990. In 2004, he had an angioplasty to open clogged arteries. He had a prostate surgery in 2007 and underwent a cataract operation last year.

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