Peres released from hospital after second stay in 2 weeks

Marcy Oster

Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv, Nov. 30, 2015. (Tomer Neuberg/FLASH90)

Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv, Nov. 30, 2015. (Tomer Neuberg/FLASH90)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli President Shimon Peres was released from the hospital for the second time in less than two weeks after returning with chest pains and an irregular heartbeat.

Peres was released Tuesday from Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer two days after being readmitted with a slight heart arrhythmia, his spokesman said in a statement. He remained in the hospital for an extra day for observation at the request of the medical team, according to the spokesman.

All the test results were normal, according to Peres’ doctors.

Peres was taken to the hospital on Jan. 14 after suffering a mild heart attack and was sent home five days later. During his stay, he underwent a cardiac angioplasty to open a blocked artery.


In an interview earlier this month with JTA, Peres said he is busier than ever, including his work with the Peres Center for Peace, which he founded.

Last month, social media was flooded with rumors that Peres had died, leading him to take to Facebook to declare that rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated.

Peres, who retired as president of Israel in 2014 after more than half a century in public life, including a stint as prime minister, won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the late Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat.

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