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Walesa, former Polish president, has stent placed in heart to open partially blocked artery

Walesa, former Polish president, has stent placed in heart to open partially blocked artery

Nobel laureate and former Polish President Lech Walesa has had a stent placed in his heart to open a partially blocked artery and will have a pacemaker implanted Friday.
Walesa was resting Thursday after doctors at the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center in Houston, Texas, implanted an intracoronary stent the day before to open a narrowed artery after detecting a blockage, center spokeswoman Erin Fairchild.
She said he had no procedures scheduled Thursday, but further tests would be done to make sure the stent was working correctly.
Walesa, 64, has been in Houston this week undergoing tests to determine whether he needs a heart transplant. Doctors said they plan to place a pacemaker in Walesa's chest on Friday.
"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."
Walesa will have a biventricular pacemaker-defibrillator implanted. The pacemaker will synchronize the contractions of his heart, while the defibrillator will be on standby to shock the heart if needed, Fairchild said. Biventricular means it is working on both sides of the heart, she said.
"It's designed to help resynchronize his heartbeat," Fairchild said. "The goal is to help his heart function improve" in hopes of avoiding a transplant.
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.
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Updated : 2021-04-15 08:31 GMT+08:00