Brazil's Silva says he's in 'perfect health' after tests

Silva said he is "in perfect health," after undergoing a series of medical tests following his brief hospitalization for high blood pressure two days ago.

Brazil's Silva says he's in 'perfect health' after tests

Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Saturday he is "in perfect health," after undergoing a series of medical tests following his brief hospitalization for high blood pressure two days ago.

Lula's personal doctor, Roberto Kalil, said results of the tests at the Sao Paulo Heart Institute Saturday morning were good and the former union leader, aged 64, was heading for Brasilia after resting for two days at his private residence.

"Thank God I'm in perfect health," a smiling Lula told reporters, adding that he wasn't alarmed by his condition on Wednesday night, but became concerned.

He had to cancel a trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland after he was briefly taken to a hospital in northeastern Brazil because of unusually high blood pressure.

"If it were up to me, I would just take a bit of medicine and board for Davos, but it's the doctor's responsibility" to decide, he said.

Among the tests, Lula had an echocardiogram, arterial tomography, an ultrasound of his prostate and stomach and some blood tests. The president, whose term ends in December 2010, said he was worried every time he went in for a medical check-up.

"Take your car to the mechanics thinking it has a tiny problem with the right door. Leave it there, then, and soon you're going to find out it has problems all over the place," he said. "With a human being, the check-up is just like that."

Lula said he has no plans to limit his trips around Brazil, while admitting that a heavy schedule and lack of sleep probably caused his high blood pressure this week.

"We're going to have to find a way. The problem is that we have ... a lot of this to do this year," Lula added. "I will continue traveling."


Reuters

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