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Lee Kuan Yew in Intensive Care After Heart Treatment

January 21, 1996

SINGAPORE (AP) _ Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was in the intensive care unit of a hospital on Sunday after doctors opened up two narrowings in an artery feeding blood to his heart.

Lee, 72, was hospitalized Friday after he complained of chest pains. He underwent balloon angioplasty, in which the blockage is removed by inserting a thin tube through into the artery and manipulating it.

There were no complications from the procedure and no evidence of damage to the heart, hospital officials said.

Coronary arteries, the vessels supplying blood to the heart, can thicken and narrow with aging, eating fatty foods or smoking. Narrow arteries can lead to fatal heart attacks.

Lee, a Cabinet with no specific responsibilities, was in power for 31 years from 1959 to 1990.

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