BUENOS AIRES – Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner said he was feeling “perfect” when he was released and left the Buenos Aires hospital where he underwent surgery to repair a blocked coronary artery.
Kirchner, who governed the country from 2003 to 2007, had an angioplasty performed on Saturday at the Los Arcos hospital, where last February he had undergone a similar operation on his right carotid artery.
Now a congressman, he left the hospital accompanied by his wife, President Cristina Fernandez, almost three hours before he was scheduled to do so, as per the latest medical report released minutes before by deputy presidential spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro.
Kirchner “gradually will return to his regular activities over the course of the week,” the spokesman said.
The former president, 60, last Saturday was given a routine medical checkup, including a thorough coronary examination which revealed the blockage and, correspondingly, the urgent need for him to have the operation, officials said.
The procedure consisted in placing a stent in a coronary artery that was obstructed, a task that was completed successfully, according to the first report signed by the presidential medical unit.
During the approximately 24 hours that Kirchner was being treated at the hospital, he was visited by several lawmakers, ministers and government officials.
Kirchner is expected to be the Peronist party’s presidential candidate in 2011. EFE