President Pranab Mukherjee, 79, reportedly underwent an angioplasty on Saturday to remove a blockage in one of the arteries. He was admitted to Army Research and Referral Hospital here on Saturday afternoon after he initially complained of stomach upset.
Sources said that the heart procedure was done as doctors at the Army's Research and Referral hospital installed a coronary stent in his artery to remove a blockage. Rashtrapati Bhavan, when contacted, neither confirmed nor denied the report. President’s press secretary Venu Rajamoni told HT in the evening, “He is absolutely fine now. The President will return home on Monday.”
“Mukherjee complained of stomach ache in the morning after which he was brought to the hospital where doctors attending on him suggested that he should be admitted for a day. He is under observation and there is no cause of concern,” said hospital sources.
Mukherjee, who turned 79 on Thursday, was admitted to the hospital around 2.30 pm after he had complained of stomach ache and dizziness, said sources. Mukherjee’s personal physician too, had been from the Indian Army.
The President, who walks everyday at the Mughal Ganrdens to keep himself fit also maintains a strict diet regime. Earlier, Mukherjee never suffered any heart ailment but only had complained about occasional back aches.
Press Secretary Venu Rajamony also added that The President's health is being monitored and there is no cause of concern".