Queen guitarist Brian May announced on Sunday evening that he had recently had an almost fatal heart attack, but stated that he was now on the mend and was “ready to rock”.
On Instagram, May 72 explained a number of fun and scary health challenges he’s been facing recently, starting with a garden accident.
“People find it amusing,” said May in a 7½-minute conversation with the fans. “I had an MRI – and yes, I had a tear in my Gluteus Maximus.”
But the torn muscle was just the beginning of his crazy little tour with doctors.
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An MRI showed that he had a compressed sciatic nerve in his lower spine.
“And that’s why I felt like someone was putting a screwdriver in my back all the time,” he said. “It was excruciating.”
Then one day, for about 40 minutes, he felt tightness in his chest and pain in his arms.
“In the middle of the whole history of the painful back, I had a small heart attack,” said May. “In short, my wonderful doctor drove me to the hospital myself.”
An angiogram revealed a massive blockage that could have been fatal, he said.
“They looked at me and said, ‘Brian, I’m sorry, it’s a little more complicated than we thought,'” he said. “Nothing could tell me that I would get into real, real trouble because I could have died of the blockages that were there.”
May received three stents to let his arteries flow and make his heart beat faster.
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He thanked his doctors and urged fans to take heart health seriously.
“We all really have to look at each other when we are in the fall years, and what seems to be a very healthy heart cannot be, and I would have it checked if I were you,” he said.
“I am very grateful, I am incredibly grateful that I can now live a life again. I was therefore very close to death.”
He added, “But I’m good. I’m here and I’m ready to rock.”