Italy’s Gentiloni Had Angioplasty, Delays Meeting With May

  • Premier taken ill after returning from visit to Paris
  • Treatment in Rome hospital was successful, official says

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni underwent angioplasty after feeling unwell on his return from Paris and postponed a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May due in London on Thursday.

Gentiloni, 62, who became premier in December, was well and awake after successful treatment to a peripheral blood vessel that took place in Rome’s Policlinico Gemelli hospital, said an Italian government official who asked not to be named discussing the premier’s health.

Paolo Gentiloni

Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

The premier delayed the trip to London to meet May, his office said in a statement posted on its website.

Gentiloni had a stent, a small tube, applied in a routine operation after risking blockage of a coronary artery, the Italian newspaper Messaggero reported on its website without saying where it got the information from. The hospital declined to comment on details of the operation.

Gentiloni was awake during the operation on Tuesday evening and has started making phone calls from the hospital, the official said, adding that he will likely be out of the hospital in a day or two. The premier felt slightly unwell after returning from a trip to Paris on Tuesday, during which he met President Francois Hollande, and decided to undergo checks, the official said.

Gentiloni, a journalist from a noble family, served as foreign minister in the government of Matteo Renzi and then became premier after Renzi resigned following defeat in a Dec. 4 constitutional referendum.

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