12 Feb '12, 8am

Japan emperor to have heart bypass surgery

Japan emperor to have heart bypass surgery

TOKYO: Japan's 78-year-old Emperor Akihito will undergo heart bypass surgery this week after tests showed the narrowing of his arteries has worsened, the palace said Sunday. The operation, scheduled for Saturday, will be performed "to maintain and to improve his majesty's daily life. We have decided to ask his majesty to have a coronary artery bypass surgery," a palace spokesman said. The announcement came shortly after Akihito was discharged from the University of Tokyo Hospital, where he underwent a catheter angiogram on Saturday. The test showed that the narrowing of his arteries has progressed, compared with an examination he underwent a year ago, the spokesman said. Doctors have reached "a conclusion that a new action has to be taken" to stop the trend, he said. The operation will be performed by physicians from the University of Tokyo and private Juntendo University,...

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