Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said that he did not suffer a heart attack and that he underwent an angioplasty after his doctor found blockage in his arteries. News of Inzamam being hospitalised led to an outpouring of well wishes from fans and former players around the world.
“I saw reports saying I had suffered a heart attack. I did not. I went to my doctor for a routine check-up, who said they wanted to conduct an angiography. During angiography, they noted an artery of mine was blocked, so they inserted stents to alleviate that problem,” said Inzamam on his Youtube channel.
“It was successful and easy, and I came back home after just 12 hours at the hospital. I feel fine,” he said.
Inzamam was discharged from the hospital just under a day after the surgery. He said that his heart may have sustained more damage had he delayed the checkup. “I went to the doctor because I felt a very slight bit of discomfort. It wasn’t even close to the heart area, but the stomach. Had I delayed getting it checked out, doctors said the heart could have been damaged,” he said.
“I want to thank everyone in Pakistan and around the world for praying for my health. I want to thank the Pakistan people, and cricketers from Pakistan and around the world who sent their good wishes,” added Inzamam.
Inzamam was an integral part of the Pakistan team that won the 1992 World Cup. He is Pakistan’s highest run-getter in ODIs with 11,701 runs in 375 matches, and their third-highest in Tests with 8829 runs in 119 matches.