Thursday, September 30, 2010

Jordan's Queen Rania undergoes procedure in New York to correct irregular heartbeat

Queen Rania underwent a nonsurgical procedure in New York to correct an irregular heartbeat. A spokesman for the queen said Rania had a procedure known as catheter ablation, in which doctors insert a catheter into a blood vessel and use an electric current to restore a normal heart rhythm.
A palace statement said the procedure went smoothly and that Rania, 40, is "well" and in "good spirits." Rania accompanied her husband, King Abdullah, who attended the UN General Assembly meetings in New York. She also attended separate functions, including a panel on empowering girls.
It was unclear if she timed the procedure to coincide with her visit to New York or if it was an emergency. Rania is to remain in an undisclosed New York hospital for two nights to recuperate and will return home later in the week, the royal family said.