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Old 12-23-2011, 06:05 PM
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Confirmed Duke of Edinburgh arrived by helicopter to the back of the hospital, the continue to stress the "pre-cautionary tests" and that no alarms have been raised. The Queen is still at Sandringham with her family, rumours that Charles is visiting. Questions arise as to why Philip was taken to Papworth and not the large Queen Elizabeth in King's Lynn. At this hour he's presumably asleep and being monitored. - BBC reporter at Papworth Ben Ando.

The BBC just showed a lovely clip of Philip guiding a young girl to meet The Queen is Aus.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:11 PM
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As far as those questions about where Philip was taken, I would think that because of his age and the cardiac distress he was in he was flown to a hospital specializing in those cases.
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Is a media room standard procedure in the UK for this type of situation involving the RF? I know it would be here in the US when an important public figure is hospitalized, even if it was not serious. Security is always a major concern so the police presence is understandable. A media room consolidates the flow of information, but I would think that any info in this case would come from BP official spokespersons rather than a hospital spokesperson.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:14 PM
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I just always take everything the Palace says about health issues with a pinch of salt. They always downplay the seriousness it all. I was just reading the other day that the Palace were telling the public that George VI was recovering strongly from his lung surgery up until the day before he died.

This could be a very minor scare and I would bet money that we'll see Philip walking into church on Sunday morning. I just would take words like 'precautionary' with a certain healthy scepticism.
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As far as those questions about where Philip was taken, I would think that because of his age and the cardiac distress he was in he was flown to a hospital specializing in those cases.
Indeed, but in my mind it raises the issues that if he was in a great deal of distress to be flown to Papworth. They must have weighed the potential risks of taking him a greater distance than to the significantly sized and equipped hospital minutes away. Staff from Papworth could have been transported to Queen Elizabeth rather than Philip to them.
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BBC News - Prince Philip: 'Concern but not alarm' over chest pains

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I just always take everything the Palace says about health issues with a pinch of salt. They always downplay the seriousness it all. I was just reading the other day that the Palace were telling the public that George VI was recovering strongly from his lung surgery up until the day before he died.

This could be a very minor scare and I would bet money that we'll see Philip walking into church on Sunday morning. I just would take words like 'precautionary' with a certain healthy scepticism.
I'm confused - you say the BRF downplay illness but then you say we'll see Philip on Sunday. Precautionary is defined as a measure taken beforehand to prevent harm or secure good. If they're 'downplaying' to precautionary, we may not see Philip on Sunday by your reasoning.
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Indeed, but in my mind it raises the issues that if he was in a great deal of distress to be flown to Papworth. They must have weighed the potential risks of taking him a greater distance than to the significantly sized and equipped hospital minutes away. Staff from Papworth could have been transported to Queen Elizabeth rather than Philip to them.
Right, I meant Papworth as the specialized hospital Philip was flown to because of his chest pains.
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Old 12-23-2011, 06:25 PM
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It seems to me they've been very busy and around quite a few people recently. I hope it's not his heart - but I hope it's not a flu-like thing too.
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I'm confused - you say the BRF downplay illness but then you say we'll see Philip on Sunday. Precautionary is defined as a measure taken beforehand to prevent harm or secure good. If they're 'downplaying' to precautionary, we may not see Philip on Sunday by your reasoning.
I fail to see what's confusing. As I stated, I think this is probably a scare, based on his recent good health and all around strength and sturdiness. Also, given the temperament and personality of Prince Philip it's fair to say that he's unlikely to let anything other than a relatively serious health concern keep him from being with his family at Christmas.

I was just pointing out that the Palace has, however, occasionally seen fit not to be completely forthcoming with the public when it comes to the health of the RF.
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A statement just released says that he suffered a block in his coronary artery causing chest pains. It was successfully treated with a coronary stent.
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So he was essentially having a heart attack.
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The Duke of Edinburgh had heart surgery for a blocked coronary artery. Downplaying indeed, chest pains to practical heart attack. It is also said it is unlikely he will be back for Christmas.
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So will this mean bypass surgery?
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Indeed, but in my mind it raises the issues that if he was in a great deal of distress to be flown to Papworth. They must have weighed the potential risks of taking him a greater distance than to the significantly sized and equipped hospital minutes away. Staff from Papworth could have been transported to Queen Elizabeth rather than Philip to them.
That's true, specialists could have been flown to the Duke, but hospitals that specialize in cardiac care have some very sophisticated equipment, some of which is just not portable. Having immediate access to the right equipment can make a world of difference. I am hoping for the best possible outcome for the BRF.
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So will this mean bypass surgery?
No, he will have most probably had key hole surgery to relieve the blockage with the stent. He's likely to be out of hospital in a couple of days.
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That more substantially explains the trip to Papworth. Information about a coronary stent.
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Well, major heart surgery at 90 years of age, I am impressed by HRH. I wish him good health and will be sad to not see him on Sunday but hope he returns to good health soon.

They obviously wanted to wait until he was out of theatre and recovered from the anaesthetic before they announced what really happened, and rightly so. Royal or not, they deserve privacy and confidentiality.
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If anyone is interested, I found information about coronary stents. Coronary stent - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

I don't think they're classifying this as a heart attack but that it was a blockage of a coronary artery that was causing the chest pains. At least that's how I've been reading it so far.

They do amazing things these days with heart conditions. My husband had surgery to zap off an extra passageway to the heart that was causing arrythmia and was released the next morning. Hopefully with placing this stent into Philip, it will alleviate the chest pains and he'll be home again in time for the holidays. In all respects, the man is in excellent physical form for one of his age.
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