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Walesa, former Polish president, has stent placed in heart

Walesa, former Polish president, has stent placed in heart

Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Polish President Lech Walesa had a stent placed in his heart to open a partially blocked artery.
Doctors at the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center in Houston, Texas, implanted an intracoronary stent to open a narrowed artery after detecting a blockage on Wednesday, the center said in a statement.
Walesa was undergoing tests to determine whether he needs a heart transplant.
"We're doing everything we can to make sure Mr. Walesa doesn't need a transplant right away," Dr. Guillermo Torre, a heart specialist at the medical center said in the statement.
"We have high hopes that we will be able to restore function in his heart by other means, thereby relieving him of symptoms like chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath."
Doctors plan to place a pacemaker in Walesa's chest on Friday, doctors in Houston said in comments broadcast on TVN24 all-news television.
Walesa, a former Gdansk shipyard electrician, led a workers' strike in 1980 that grew into the nationwide Solidarity freedom movement against Poland's communist authorities, earning him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1983.
In 1989, Solidarity toppled Poland's communist regime and Walesa went on to serve as Poland's first democratically elected president from 1990-95.


Updated : 2021-06-24 05:19 GMT+08:00