Berlusconi Hospitalized for Checks After Irregular Heartbeat

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Silvio Berlusconi

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  • 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.

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