Paul McCartney has secret heart operation
Music legend Sir Paul McCartney underwent secret heart surgery last autumn, it was revealed last night.
The 65-year-old former Beatle reportedly had a coronary angioplasty - a procedure that opens up arteries and allows a greater flow of blood.
A source told British newspaper The Sun: “Paul had been complaining about not feeling well and saw a Harley Street specialist at The London Clinic.
“Tests were carried out and the decision was taken to operate. Paul had the angioplasty in a private hospital. It was all very routine but any work on your heart is a big deal.”
The singer, who is currently embroiled in a bitter divorce battle with estranged wife Heather Mills made a good recovery as he joined Aussie pop princess Kyle Minogue on-stage on New Year’s day to perform his hit single Dance Tonight during Jools Holland’s BBC2 New Year special.
A pal said: “Luckily Paul is in very good shape. He does regular exercise and is fit.
“He eats well and does not carry any excess weight. He has always been in exceptional health, which is remarkable when you think of the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle he once had.”
Surgeons perform coronary angioplasty by passing a fine tube in through the groin and up to the aorta.
A small balloon at the tip of the tube is inflated at the narrowest part of an artery to squash fatty deposits clogging it and allow blood to flow freely again.
A stent - a short wire-mesh tube - is usually left in to prop open that segment of artery.
Last night a spokesperson for Paul confirmed that the secret surgery had been performed in the autumn, saying: “It was a routine medical operation.”