Alan Michael Sugar was born in 1947 and is a business magnate, media personality, politician and political advisor. Born in Hackney, Sugar became a self-made millionaire with his consumer electronics company, Amstrad, which he sold to BSkyB for a whopping £125 million. He is a member of the House of Lords Temporal and was knighted in 2000, becoming Lord Alan Sugar. Whilst on holiday in the USA, Sugar underwent a routine health check but got told all was not right.
Sugar’s doctor had discovered an artery block in his body, known as a ‘widow-maker’ and sent him straight into the A&E.
Speaking to Piers Morgan on Life Stories about the discovery, Sugar explained: “I go and have this thing and see the doctor, who is reading the scans, and he said to me, ‘You better go straight to A&E. It was dangerous.”
Sugar’s spokesman, Andrew Bloch announced previously: “As part of his normal annual health check routine in the USA, Lord Sugar has had an angiogram and other heart tests.
“This minor procedure included the fitting of a stent. Lord Sugar was on the mend within a day and cleared to resume exercise after a week.”
A ‘widow-maker’ artery is a name given to one of the coronary arteries that carries vital blood to the heart.
Doctor Carol Cooper explains: “It is the main pipeline to the left side of the heart and if it becomes blocked, it is almost always fatal without emergency treatment.
“Treatment may involve putting in a stent, a tiny tube, in the artery to keep it open and free flowing, or heart surgery to bypass the blockage.”
The NHS explain stent insertion and said: “A coronary angioplasty is a procedure used to widen blocked or narrowed coronary arteries.
“Most modern angioplasty procedures also involve inserting a short wire-mesh tube, called a stent, into the artery during the procedure.
“The sent is left in place permanently to allow blood flow more freely. A coronary angioplasty is preformed using local anaesthetic which means a person is awake while the procedure is carried out.
“The procedure takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours and people are normally able to go home later the same day. You’ll need to avoid heavy lifting, strenuous activities and driving for at least a week. ”
Symptoms of when a person might need a stent inserted:
- Feeling weak
- Chest discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Light headed
Sugar made a full recovery following the stent insertion, Bloch added: “He is in perfect medical health and plays tennis and rides his bike for 40 mile regularly.
“For the avoidance of doubt, he did not have a heart attack and his heart is in perfect condition.”