July 29, 2022
TOKYO (Jiji Press) – The Emperor Emeritus of Japan has been diagnosed with right heart failure, the Imperial Household Agency announced on Tuesday.
The heart disease was discovered during an MRI scan performed at Tokyo University Hospital on Sunday, the agency said.
The 88-year-old former emperor has no subjective symptoms and is recovering after receiving treatment, the agency said.
He said Emperor’s father gained weight between April and June and a blood test taken in late June found he had high levels of B-type natriuretic peptide, or BNP, an indicator of deficiency. cardiac.
It was discovered that he had a faulty valve between the right atrium and the right ventricle of his heart.
Since he has been on medication since the end of June, his weight and BNP levels have gone down. He also takes his daily walks, although for shorter periods.
The agency said it found no link between the latest diagnosis and the coronary bypass the then emperor suffered in 2012.
He also said the empress emeritus underwent a surgical incision in her right eye at the University of Tokyo Hospital on Sunday, to treat a cataract. She is doing well after the operation, he added.