Meat Loaf Recovering After Heart Surgery
Meat Loaf underwent heart surgery in a London hospital after being diagnosed with a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, according to his U.K. record label, Mercury.Meat Loaf underwent heart surgery in a London hospital after being diagnosed with a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat, according to his U.K. record label, Mercury. He had a catheter ablation -- a procedure in which tissue is removed to restore a normal heartbeat -- last Friday at the Wellington Hospital in St. John's Wood, London, and left the following day.
The 52-year-old star collapsed Nov. 17 as he performed at London's Wembley Arena and was taken to Northwick Park Hospital to recover from exhaustion due to a prolonged viral infection. Subsequent tests showed he had Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat and can lead to dizziness and fainting.
The label said Meat Loaf, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, was recovering in London and would undergo further tests later this week, after which more details of his condition and tour plans would be released.
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