- Former Italian premier has suffered irregular heartbeat
- Spokeswoman says checks scheduled, Berlusconi is ‘fine, calm’
Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been hospitalized for checks after suffering an irregular heartbeat, spokeswoman Deborah Bergamini said in a telephone interview.
Bergamini said Berlusconi, 79, would be examined at the San Raffaele hospital in Milan. “This had been scheduled a few days ago, because there was a small irregular heartbeat during a previous check,” said Bergamini, a lawmaker for his Forza Italia party. “He wasn’t taken ill and he is fine, calm. This irregularity will be monitored, and he will leave hospital in a few days time.”
Berlusconi had a pacemaker fitted in the U.S. in 2006 and it was replaced at the San Raffaele hospital in December.
Berlusconi’s doctor, Alberto Zangrillo, said in a statement e-mailed by the hospital that the diagnosis and treatment would be determined “in the next few days.” He said the irregular heartbeat had made a hospital admission necessary.
Berlusconi, Italy’s longest-serving postwar prime minister, controls Fininvest, a Milan-based investment company which is the biggest shareholder in publicly-traded assets including broadcaster Mediaset, publisher Arnoldo Mondadori and Banca Mediolanum. It also owns the AC Milan soccer club.