President Nicos Anastasiades is to undergo surgery on his heart’s mitral valve, the government said on Wednesday.
A written statement, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said that on Tuesday, Anastasiades had gone for a routine checkup, which had revealed the need for surgery.
“The operation will be performed in a short time,” the statement said. Christodoulides did not given any further details.
The heart’s mitral valve lies between the left atrium and the left ventricle. It makes sure that the blood keeps moving forward. Surgery is usually to repair or replace the valve. According to medical literature minimally invasive mitral valve surgery can be done through several small cuts that would avoid open-heart surgery and would require at least three to five days hospitalisation.
Speaking on Wednesday night on the sidelines of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry AGM, which he had just addressed, Anastasiades said the surgery would not be carried out before the European Council meeting on December 17 and 18.
“Immediately after the holidays we will proceed, as the doctors recommend, with surgery to correct the evil,” Anastasiades said.
The President also has an upcoming visit to Israel on December 2 and a possible trip to Moscow by the end of the year. He said he hoped that would take place before the European Council meeting. Anastasiades is also slated to visit Abu Dhabi, and the Slovak President is due in Cyprus early in December.
Asked whether he would be resuming his duties in the new year after his operation Anastasiades said: “With the help of God”.
Anastasiades was forced to pull out of a key EU summit last month after suffering continuous nose bleeds, a result of high blood pressure, requiring him to spend two nights in a Brussels hospital.
In June this year he also spent two nights at a private clinic with persistent symptoms of gastroenteritis.