Israel: PM Netanyahu to be fitted with pacemaker overnight


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be fitted with a pacemaker overnight between Saturday and Sunday, he said in a video statement released by his office.

“A week ago I was fitted with a monitoring device. That device came out in the evening and said I have to have a pacemaker and I have to do this already tonight,” Netanyahu said in the video. “I feel great, but I need to listen to my doctors.”

Standing in the video and smiling, Netanyahu, 73, said his doctors had assured him he would be released from the hospital “tomorrow afternoon”.

His office said he would perform the procedure at the Sheba Medical Center in Tel HaSomer, Reuters reported.

Netanyahu was initially released from the hospital on Sunday after an overnight stay for dehydration, said Dr. Amit Segev of the Sheba Medical Center at the time in a video posted on Twitter.

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Segev, an interventional cardiologist, said Netanyahu’s heart was “completely normal” but a heart monitor was needed to collect and analyze data further.

The information gathered by the monitor has indicated the need for a pacemaker, which is a small battery-powered device that helps the heart beat at a normal rate and rhythm using electrical pulses.

Netanyahu went to hospital last week after suffering “mild dizziness”, his office said in a statement at the time.

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