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Former Polish leader Lech Walesa gets pacemaker

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WARSAW, February 29 (RIA Novosti) - The former Polish president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa has successfully undergone heart surgery, Polish TVN24 said on Friday.

The operation to implant a pacemaker was conducted in the U.S. at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center, Houston. The operation was described as "routine."

Zbigniew Wojciechowski, an anesthesiologist at the Houston-based center, said Walesa, 64, could be discharged from the clinic on Saturday. The Polish politician also underwent a vascular operation on Thursday.

Walesa, the legendary leader of Poland's first independent trade union, Solidarity, had been complaining of retrosternal pain, labored breathing and fatigue.

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