Cyprus president needs heart surgery

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Posted: Nov 12, 2014 8:20 AM

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An official in Cyprus says the country's president is facing surgery to repair a heart valve.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said Wednesday that President Nicos Anastasiades will undergo mitral valve surgery "very soon."

Christodoulides said doctors spotted the problem while Anastasiades was undergoing a routine health check.

The 68-year-old president was admitted to a hospital in Brussels last month after suffering a nosebleed caused by high blood pressure, causing him to miss attending a European Union summit. The bleeding was stopped by cauterization.