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Brazil President Leaves Hospital after Operation on 3 Coronary Arteries

SAO PAULO – Brazilian President Michel Temer was released from hospital on Monday after undergoing angioplasty last Friday night on three coronary arteries that were almost totally blocked, medical authorities said.

The president, 77, left Sao Paulo’s Syrian-Lebanese Hospital where he stayed a little more than two days after being submitted to cardiac catheterization that found a 90-percent obstruction in the three arteries.

The medical team then performed an angioplasty to reestablish a normal blood flow, and also implanted in two of the arteries a stent, an expandable tube of metal mesh (vascular endoprosthesis), to stop them from closing again and so avoid the risk of a heart attack.

Since the operation, Temer has been found in “stable” condition and able to return to his “normal activities.”

The idea is that he will return to Brasilia Monday afternoon, where a meeting with Bolivian President Evo Morales had been scheduled, but which had to be postponed due to Temer being diagnosed with an emergency condition.

Temer’s coronary problems were detected early last October, when doctors chose to avoid an operation and instead treated the arterial obstruction with medication.

Before the catheterization, Temer went first for a checkup to evaluate the results of a prostate surgery he underwent a month ago to correct another obstruction, which on that occasion was urological.

The prostate surgery, performed last Oct. 28, caused another postponement of a meeting in Brasilia between Temer and Morales, who had planned to visit Brazil on Oct. 30.

Temer has no official commitments this Monday, but does have before him the announced shakeup of his Cabinet, possibly affecting 17 of his 28 ministers.

 

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