Tests Show Japanese Emperor Has Arteriosclerosis

TOKYO (AP) - Palace officials say Japan's emperor has a heart condition linked to arteriosclerosis but the problem is not life threatening.

The Imperial Household Agency says Emperor Akihito, 77, will be treated with medication. He underwent tests Friday at a Tokyo hospital after an earlier checkup detected insufficient blood flow to his heart during exercise.

The agency says Akihito will stay at the hospital overnight and then return to the palace, where he will continue his official duties.

The emperor underwent an operation for prostate cancer in 2003 and has been undergoing hormonal therapy to prevent its recurrence. He has scaled back his duties because of health reasons.

Comments

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Watch Now

New Android App

For your Android phone and tablet, download the FREE redesigned app, featuring CBSN, live 24/7 news.

Download
The all new
CBS News App for Android® for iPad® for iPhone®
Fully redesigned. Featuring CBSN, 24/7 live news. Get the App