Peres ‘doing great’ after hospitalization for heart issues

A doctor treating 92-year-old former President Shimon Peres said Monday morning that he is “doing great” after spending the night in a hospital.

Peres was hospitalized after complaining of chest pains on Sunday night, just over a week after suffering a mild heart attack.

Paramedics dispatched to his home determined the former statesman suffered a mild cardiac arrhythmia.

Peres’s personal physician, Raphi Walden, told Army Radio that Peres’s heart rate had returned to normal. He said it wasn’t immediately clear when Peres would be discharged.

On January 14, Peres was rushed to Tel Hashomer Hospital after complaining of chest pains. On discovering that he had a narrowed artery, doctors performed cardiac catheterization and kept him in the hospital for observation and tests for five days.

When he left the Ramat Gan hospital, Peres issued a short statement thanking the medical and nursing teams, and saying their treatment reminded him of the “spirit of the founder of Tel Hashomer, who said that everyone was equal and that you had to treat the patient not the illness – to treat the people themselves.”

Peres had been scheduled to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, but canceled the trip at his doctor’s recommendation.