Queen’s Brian May revealed on Instagram that he suffered a small heart attack earlier this month and was rushed to the hospital by his doctor.
Previously, May had revealed that he had torn his gluteus maximus in a “bizarre gardening accident.” Later, he also found out that his sciatic nerve was severely compressed, which was what caused the excruciating pain he was experiencing.
In his IGTV video, May described the heart attack and how it related to his prior medical concerns. “In the middle of the whole saga of the painful backside, I had a small heart attack. I say small — it’s not something that did me any harm. It was about 40 minutes of pain in the chest and tightness. It’s that feeling in the arms and sweating. And you kind of know — you’ve heard things and you think, ‘This is a heart attack.’ To cut a long story short, my wonderful doctor drove me to the hospital himself and I had an angiogram.”
He continued, “I actually turned out to have three arteries which were congested and in danger of blocking the supply of blood to my heart." Due to this, May elected to have three stents placed in his arteries instead of having open-heart surgery.
May noted that he came out of the situation with a much stronger heart and he feels like he is in good shape for the forseeable future.
Watch Brian May's IGTV video recounting the situation below.
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Hmm ... Sheer Heart Attack eh ? Well, I think I always worried a little bit about that album title. I wondered if it might upset some people who had actually had heart attacks. I’m actually quite relieved now that I’m in that club - and I don’t find it upsetting at all ! Take. care folks. And ... why did those discs in my spine get so squished? Well I think 50 years of running around with a guitar strap over my left shoulder holding a heavy guitar might have something to do with it ! But it probably WAS all worth it ! Bri
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Article image: Brian May performing with Queen at The O2 on Dec. 12, 2017. (Raph_PH [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)