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.