SINGAPORE – Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong on Tuesday (July 23) underwent an angioplasty procedure to restore blood flow in his arteries.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Mr Goh, 78,  said he was back in the office and apologised for having to cancel some events.

He wrote in his post: “Went for my annual medical check-up last week and discovered narrowing of some arteries. On doctors’ advice, went for angioplasty. It is a common procedure especially for those around my age.

“I am now back in my office. With stronger blood flows, I expect to be better than before. Will have to cancel some events in the meantime though. Sorry for that.”

Angioplasty is a procedure in which a doctor sends a thin tube through a blood vessel in the arm or groin up to the narrowed site, which may be partially obstructed.

This is done to widen the artery and restore blood flow.

Mr Goh took the opportunity to encourage the public to go for regular medical check-ups.

“As they say, prevention is better than cure. So watch your diet, as I will with mine!” he said.

He added that the Health Promotion Board offers affordable health screenings under its “Screen for Life” programme.