Palestinian President Abbas undergoes heart test, results normal, officials say

By Amy R. Connolly  |  Oct. 6, 2016 at 11:57 AM
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RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was found to have normal heart functions after undergoing an unannounced medical procedure after he complained of feeling tired, officials said.

Abbas, 81, underwent a cardiac catheterization, a procedure that allows doctors to examine the inner heart through a narrow tube. Abbas has rumored to have suffered a stroke in January and has heart problems. The test was performed after Abbas reported feeling tired.

"The president is doing a regular checkup in the hospital. The doctors said he is totally normal," said Nabil Abu Rdeneh, Abbas' spokesman, in a statement.

Abbas was elected in 2005 to lead the government following the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

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