Prince Philip Undergoes Successful Heart Procedure 

Becky McCall

March 04, 2021

Editor's note, 16 March 2021: Prince Philip left the King Edward VII Hospital in London today.

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition on Wednesday and will stay in hospital for treatment, rest and recuperation for a few days, said Buckingham Palace in a statement released today.

The duke, who will turn 100 years old on 10 June this year, was moved by ambulance to a leading cardiac unit at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, on Monday for tests. He had already spent 13 nights in hospital at the private King Edward VII's hospital, Marylebone, London to treat an infection.

The infection was not linked to coronavirus. Both the Queen and Prince Philip received their coronavirus vaccinations last month.

In 2011, Prince Philip was flown by helicopter to Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, where he had a stent placed for a blocked coronary artery.

He was also treated for a bladder infection in 2012 whilst staying at Balmoral Castle, Scotland, and had exploratory surgery on his abdomen in 2013.

It is unknown whether the new procedure is related to Prince Philip's prior cardiac intervention in 2011.

According to the BBC, yesterday's procedure could have been due to narrowing of the artery around the existing stent, or narrowing at a different location.

In 2019, Medscape Medical News reported that Prince Philip was involved in a car accident when the SUV he was driving crashed and overturned. This raised the tricky but important issue that many physicians face of when to decide if a patient is too old to drive? The prince voluntarily gave up his driving licence after the event.

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