Arroyo diagnosed with coronary ischemia

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Friday, October 12, 2012

MANILA -- Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was transferred Friday to the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) after showing signs of coronary ischemia, hospital officials said.

Dr. Nona Legaspi, VMMC director, said Arroyo should undergo series of examination and "is not dischargeable at this time" after having experienced chest pains.

The doctor said the former leader is suffering from deficiency of supply of blood to the heart due to the obstruction of the inflow of arterial blood. This condition may lead to a heart attack if not treated early, Legaspi said.

"Arroyo's condition is ominous. She has to be monitored in the ICU," Legaspi said. Any condition of the heart should be treated with urgency, she added.

Arroyo has been placed under arrest since last week on orders of the Sandiganbayan, which is hearing her plunder case for alleged misuse of the multi-million pesos Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) intelligence funds.

The former leader, along with nine other fellow accused, is set to be arraigned on October 15.

Her lawyers early asked the court to place her under hospital arrest, citing generalized body weakness, dehydration and numbness as reasons.

Arroyo was previously allowed by a Pasay City court to be placed under hospital arrest from December 2011 to July this year on charges of electoral sabotage.

Arroyo, who is seeking a second term in Pampanga's second district in the 2013 elections, was temporarily released from hospital detention in July after posting P1 million bail. (Sunnex)

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