Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will need to undergo a heart angioplasty in the next few weeks to solve a problem stemming from a congenital defect in his heart, doctors said during a press conference in Jerusalem Monday.
Sharon's advisors banned journalists
from videotaping or recording the details of the meeting.
Sharon's physicians reported on his medical condition following the prime minister's mild stroke last week, adding that he is currently receiving two shots a day to prevent blood clotting.
The doctors also released Israel's best kept secret - Sharon currently weighs 118 kilos.
While the doctors had promised to reveal Sharon's medical records, they only reported on his recent health scare and did not distribute any documents to the reporters present.
Doctor: No long-term damage
Dr. Shlomo Segev of the Sheba Medical Center, along with Professor Bolek Goldman, Sharon's personal doctor, and a physician at the Hadassah Ein Kerem medical center spoke at the conference.
Sharon's doctors reinforced that the prime minister's neurological and cardiologic situation was intact which would allow him to fully function.
Dr. Tamir Ben-Hur of the Haddassah Ein Kerem Hospital said, "There are no findings indicating any long-term damage following the stroke."
Dr. Shlomo Segev, who has been treating the prime minister for the past seven years, said "Sharon is a healthy man who usually only suffers from mild bronchitis, back ache and secondary problems."
"Until the night of his hospitalization, Sharon's situation fine and after his release the findings corresponded to the earlier tests," he added.
Chairman of the Knesset Legislative Committee MK Michael Eitan criticized the "manipulative spin the prime minister's office has taken with Sharon's health."
"It is much less important for the public to
know the PM's cholesterol level or his red blood cell level. What is significant is whether there were any damages to his cognitive capacity. What is needed is a neuro-psychological evaluation of the prime minister," Eitan said.
A strict diet
Meanwhile, Sharon's aides have assured they are keeping a close eye on his diet, and that they have eased his schedule to remove unnecessary pressures.
"The prime minister wishes to inform the public of his medical condition, in order to clarify that the stroke did not cause any damage," a source close to Sharon said.
The PM's associates are also pleased with recent opinion polls showing that Sharon's medical condition has not diminished support for him.
"Our assumption has proven correct - the stroke only improved Kadima's place in the surveys. The Israeli public has shown empathy for the prime minister," Sharon's supporters said