Sir Paul McCartney has had secret heart surgery, it has been revealed.
The Beatles legend, who is currently embroiled in a bitter divorce battle with Heather Mills, is said to have recovered well after undergoing a coronary angioplasty at a private London hospital last autumn.
A source said: "Paul felt there was something not quite right and luckily sought some professional help. It's not something that can be left to chance. Thankfully the operation went well and Paul feels great."
The operation, which opens up arteries to increase the flow of blood, was performed after Paul, 65, saw a Harley Street specialist at the London Clinic.
The procedure involves surgeons passing a small tube through the groin to the aorta. A tiny balloon at the tip of the tube is inflated to crush fatty deposits clogging the arteries, allowing blood to flow freely.
A stent - a short wire mesh tube - is often left in the artery to keep it open.
Paul's spokesman said: "It was a routine medical operation."
Next month, Paul and Heather will attend a five-day High Court hearing in a bid to finally agree on a divorce settlement.
McCartney, who failed before Christmas to settle an acrimonious divorce from his estranged wife Heather Mills, recovered enough to appear in a televised New Year's Eve show with Kylie Minogue.
"Luckily Paul is in very good shape. He does regular exercise and is fit. He eats well and does not carry any excess weight," the Sun cited a friend of McCartney as saying.
"He has always been in exceptional health, which is remarkable when you think of the rock and roll lifestyle he once had," the friend added.
Heather, 39, is set to be awarded more than £30 million following a four-year marriage to the musician.
Earlier this week Heather found herself locked out of the estranged couple's London home when she tried to drop off their two-year-old daughter Beatrice for a pre-arranged visit, because Sir Paul had reportedly changed the locks.
Gads, I hope that Heather just lets this go and settles the divorce. I mean enough already. Take it and keep your mouth shut but then I guess she is incapable of doing of that. Boo.
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