Palestinian PM expected to make full recovery

Palestinian PM expected to make full recovery

POSTED: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 6:15pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 6:38pm

DALLAS — Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was released from a Texas hospital Tuesday and is expected to make a full recovery after a procedure to open a clogged artery.

Fayyad was admitted to Seton Medical Center Austin on Sunday for chest pains and was treated on Monday, his doctor said. He was released early Tuesday afternoon, said hospital spokeswoman Adrienne Lallo.

Dr. Kunjan Bhatt, a cardiologist who helped care for Fayyad, said he did not have a heart attack, as the prime minister's spokesman had suggested earlier. Fayyad should make a full recovery, Bhatt said.

The doctor said Fayyad, who has been prime minister since 2007, was hospitalized with chest pains on Sunday and felt more discomfort on Monday during a treadmill test. Doctors suspected he was experiencing the beginning of a possible heart attack and performed an artery-opening angioplasty, inserting a stent, Bhatt said.

"I expect him to make a full recovery and I expect his prognosis to be good," he said, adding that he has advised Fayyad, who was born in 1952 and is a heavy smoker, to quit smoking.

The prime minister's spokesman, Jamal Zakout, has said Fayyad was in Austin to attend the college graduation of his son, Khaled.

Bhatt said that doctors will examine Fayyad again on Thursday to make sure he's well enough to return home.

Fayyad was appointed prime minister after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas fired then-Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, following the violent Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip.

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