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Duke, 90, has heart stent op.

THE Duke of Edinburgh has been successfully treated for a blocked coronary artery after being rushed to hospital with chest pains, Buckingham Palace said. Philip, pictured, was taken from Sandringham to the cardiothoracic unit at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, last night, where a ''minimally invasive procedure of coronary stenting'' was performed. He was to remain in hospital for observation. The Duke, 90, was expected to be in hospital for the immediate Christmas period. Dr Simon Davies, consultant intervention cardiologist at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, said Philip may have been on the verge of a heart attack or actually had one before the stenting procedure - where a sausage shaped balloon helps blood flow - was performed. It is the most serious health scare suffered by the robustly active Duke who was last admitted to hospital for a chest infection in April 2008.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Dec 24, 2011
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