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Smoking behind fire in Saif Ali?s chest?

Excessive smoking is said to be one of the potential reasons for actor's chest pain, reports Sumitra Deb Roy.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2007 02:18 IST
Sumitra Deb Roy
Sumitra Deb Roy

Excessive smoking is one of the potential reasons for actor Saif Ali Khan’s chest pain, according to a leading city cardiologist.

Khan was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Bandra’s Lilavati Hospital on Sunday night after he complained of severe uneasiness in the chest. An angiography (diagnostic test) and ECG was done on Sunday night.

Dr Vijay Bang, who had headed the team treating politician Pramod Mahajan after he was shot, said: “Problems like hypertension and high blood pressure are related to stress. And the commonest fallout is that people take to heavy smoking, which adds to stress and enhances the blockage of the arteries.” Dr Bang is now attached to the Lilavati Hospital.

Sources in the industry said Khan was known to be a heavy smoker. Asked whether excessive smoking could have been the reason for Khan’s illness, his sister Soha only said: “He is fine.”

Lilavati Hospital authorities on Monday morning ruled out the possibility that actor Saif Ali Khan had suffered a minor heart attack.

“He is stable and reports did not suggest anything serious,” said Administrative Officer of Lilavati Hospital Vaishali R ajpara. She, however, refused to give any more details.

Speaking to the media, the actor’s mother and Censor Board chief Sharmila Tagore said Khan would be moved out of the ICU by Tuesday according to doctors’ advice. “He needs lots of rest,” said Tagore, adding that he had to stay put in the hospital for at least two to three days.

Tagore, who was in a brown blazer and denims, seemed to be relaxed when she walked in with daughter Soha. His father former Indian cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi visited him for about an hour in the evening and left with Tagore.

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First Published: Feb 20, 2007 02:18 IST