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United CEO Munoz Has Heart Transplant With Return Still Seen

  • Expected back at work by start of second quarter, company says
  • Munoz suffered a heart attack five weeks after taking the job
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United Continental Holdings Inc. Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz had a heart transplant Wednesday, almost three months after suffering a heart attack, and is expected back by the start of the second quarter.

The operation was seen as “the preferred treatment and was not the result of a setback in his recovery,” the airline said in a statement. Still, it shows the gravity of his heart condition, which hadn’t previously been disclosed. Transplants are generally the last stop for patients who haven’t benefited from medicines or other procedures designed to strengthen the heart.