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PM's health problems persist

SLOVAK Prime Minister Robert Fico must change his lifestyle, or risk that his problems with high blood pressure could lead to a heart attack, say doctors who supervise the PM's health.

According to the Pravda daily, doctors have proposed that Fico undergo an operation to expand the artery that delivers oxygenated blood to his heart. "The second [possibility] is for the prime minister to follow a proper regimen," a source from the Government Office told the daily.

Fico, however, refuses to admit that he is having problems and does not want to comment on his health.

"My health is my private matter. I can tell you that I am going at full blast," the PM said.

News of the PM's health problems was leaked in October after he left a cabinet meeting abruptly, handing control to Deputy PM Robert Kaliňák.

Political analysts agree that the public should be informed of the PM's condition, as he is paid by taxpayers.

"Otherwise, the PM exposes himself to suspicions or rumors that can create anxiety among the public," said political analyst Peter Horváth from the Trnava University of Saint Cyril and Methodius.

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