Japan’s former Empress Michiko to undergo heart exam
The 84-year-old former empress has experienced shortness of breath more frequently than before during her morning walks since the beginning of this year. She will undergo further tests at the Imperial Household Hospital, according to the agency.
In August 2015, the former empress had a computed tomography scan of her coronary arteries at the University of Tokyo Hospital after suffering from frequent chest pains.
She was later diagnosed with myocardial ischemia, a condition in which there is insufficient blood flow to some parts of the heart, but was told no surgery was needed.
The agency said it has carefully monitored her condition while the former empress abstains from intense physical exercise and avoids stressful situations.
Since the former emperor abdicated in late April, the imperial couple have retired from all official duties and been leading a quiet life. On May 24, they attended a piano concert in Tokyo directed by renowned conductor Seiji Ozawa, the agency said.