Brazil’s Minister Levy Out of Hospital, Plans U.S. Trip

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Brazil’s Finance Minister Joaquim Levy checked out of a hospital in Brasilia early on Saturday after suffering a pulmonary embolism and will travel to the U.S. as planned, according to a spokesman.

After being examined by specialists at Hospital do Coracao in the nation’s capital, Levy left the hospital around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning, telling journalists “I’m fine” as he departed.

Levy’s press officer said the minister will go ahead with his plan to travel to the U.S. this weekend, against a recommendation from his doctor, pulmonary specialist Arthur Vianna. He will join President Dilma Rousseff in an official trip and is scheduled to participate in an event with investors on Monday.

Rousseff appointed Levy, 54, to lead her economic team after winning re-election in October last year.

A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of the main artery of the lung that has migrated from elsewhere in the body, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. Blood clots, also called deep vein thrombosis, can be a serious risk for long-distance travelers.

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