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Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi to undergo heart surgery next week

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Former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi to undergo heart surgery next week

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Four-time Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi will undergo heart surgery next week.

His doctors said he should make a swift recovery after having a defective aortic valve replaced.

The 79-year-old was admitted to hospital on Monday suffering from what his doctors called a cardiac deficiency.

“Berlusconi risked his life, he risked dying, yes,” said Dr Alberto Zangrillo. “He arrived in hospital in a condition that was very serious, very worrying. He was aware of that.”

The doctor said that for a man who wants to live to be 130, this is a very unpleasant jolt.

Zangrillo said there was a two percent risk of mortality linked to the procedure which was expected to last four hours.

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