Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Redknapp upbeat after heart op

Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp could be back at work in days after successfully undergoing a heart procedure

Football manager Harry Redknapp could be back at work in days after successfully undergoing a heart procedure to unblock coronary arteries.

Redknapp is in "excellent spirits" and is due to be discharged from hospital in the next 48 hours, according to his club Tottenham Hotspur.

The 64-year-old had two stents inserted into arteries to improve blood flow from the heart.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: "We are delighted the operation went so smoothly and successfully.

"Knowing Harry he will want to rush back, but it's important that he only does so when he has recovered properly."

Levy said Redknapp had asked for his thanks to be passed to fans who had sent goodwill messages.

Spurs commented after earlier confirming Redknapp was ruled out of the team's trip to Russia's Rubin Kazan this week because of the procedure.

Experts said the most likely treatment was a coronary angioplasty which is usually complete within an hour.

The angioplasty improves blood flow when arteries become clogged with fatty plaque - caused by high cholesterol, high blood pressure, poor diet or the two main risks, obesity and smoking.

The procedure, developed in the 1980s and mainstream by the 1990s, is known for its high success rate and enabling the patient to quickly return to work and normal life.

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