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Lee Kuan Yew in hospital for observation

Published on Feb 16, 2013 6:44 PM
 
Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew was hospitalised yesterday because an irregular heartbeat had led to a brief stoppage of blood flow to a part of the brain. -- MY PAPER FILE PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew was hospitalised on Friday because an irregular heartbeat had led to a brief stoppage of blood flow to a part of the brain.

A statement from the Prime Minister's Office released on Saturday said that Mr Lee was admitted to Singapore General Hospital on Friday after experiencing a suspected "Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) associated with a prolonged episode of atrial fibrillation (i.e. irregular heartbeat)."

A Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) is when blood flow to a part of the brain stops for a brief period of time. A person will have stroke-like symptoms which clear in less than 24 hours.

It added that Mr Lee had recovered but will remain warded for a few days for the doctors to adjust his medications and for observation.

 
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