Monday, May 23, 2011

Palestinian PM Fayyad suffers heart attack, in stable condition - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Oh My...

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad suffered a heart attack on Monday while in the United States for his son's college graduation.

The Palestinian premier's spokesman, Jamal Zakout, said Fayyad was recovering and would likely be released from the Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, within two days.

Zakout said Fayyad felt strong chest pain on Sunday and went to the hospital for tests, where he then suffered a heart attack. Tests showed a blockage in a coronary artery, Zakout said. Doctors performed a catheterization to open the artery.

Fayyad, a heavy smoker, has been prime minister since 2007. The political independent could lose his job as a result of a recent reconciliation agreement between political rivals Hamas and Fatah.

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