antonioAntonio Banderas has confirmed he had a heart attack.

The Spanish actor revealed he had three stents implanted to widen the narrowed arteries in his heart after the scare.

He also admitted he had suffered heart rhythm problems before being rushed to hospital on January 26 near his Surrey home while exercising.

And he said he had received a treatment called thermal ablation, which is generally performed under local anaesthetic and involves the application of heat to seal veins by burning them from inside.

Speaking at a film festival in Malaga after picking up an award, he confirmed: “I suffered a heart attack on January 26. It was a benign attack, it hasn’t caused any permanent damage and now I’m in a recovery period. It’s something that happens every day to a lot of people. I didn’t hide it, but I didn’t want it to receive more importance than those suffered by other people.”

He attributes his problems to the stress he has put his body under for almost four decades with his ‘addiction to work’ and constant traveling between his bases in the States and his native Spain.

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