ANKARA – Turkish Daily News
The main opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, leader Deniz Baykal had an angioplasty early Saturday, after doctors found a suspected stenosis -- narrowing of a blood vessel -- during a routine health check.
Party sources reported that a contraction was detected in a sub-branch of a coronary vessel going to Baykal's heart. A stent -- a small expandable tube -- was inserted into the vessel by professor Ali Oto of the Hacettepe University faculty of medicine. Baykal was held briefly for monitoring purposes and then discharged from the hospital the same day. �I have no problem. There is nothing to exaggerate. I am like a bomb,� Baykal said, speaking to the press. He did not cancel his Sunday visit to the southern province of Antalya, currently threatened by extensive forest fires.
President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan -- Baykal's greatest political rival, and Parliament Speaker Köksal Toptan all called Baykal to offer their best wishes. Baykal turned 70 on July 20 and had gone to the hospital upon his doctor's advice.