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TV star Gay Byrne to undergo tests after heart scare

By Conor Feehan

Published 05/01/2016

Procedures: Gay Byrne
Procedures: Gay Byrne

Veteran Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne has to return to hospital for further tests following his heart attack last week.

Mr Byrne (81) said that he was discharged from hospital following initial treatment on the condition that he return for further tests.

Speaking from his home yesterday afternoon, the radio and television star said he is recovering well.

"I will be going back into hospital later this week, that was the condition of me getting out."

He added that he did not know if he was due to undergo any particular procedures in hospital but indicated that he would probably undergo a series of tests to determine a future treatment plan.

It is not known how long he will remain in hospital once he is re-admitted.

"I am busy recuperating and am being well looked after," he said.

Since being admitted to hospital, Byrne has been inundated with messages of support from his fans. He thanked all the well-wishers for their kind words last week.

The broadcaster previously suffered a health scare in 2011 when he was admitted to hospital after he became unable to breathe.

Following on from his four decades at the helm of RTE's flagship The Late Late Show and a lengthy career in radio, he continues his broadcasting success with the religious series The Meaning of Life on RTE television.

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