Silvio Berlusconi in hospital after irregular heartbeat detected

Silvio Berlusconi in hospital after irregular heartbeat detected

Ex-Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has been taken to hospital for scheduled tests after doctors discovered a small irregular heartbeat during an earlier appointment.

A spokeswoman for Mr Berlusconi's Forza Italia party said the 79-year-old billionaire businessman, who has had a pacemaker for years, had not suffered any sudden illness and felt fine.

Spokeswoman Deborah Bergamini said he was expected to stay in the San Raffaele clinic in Milan for a few days of tests.

Mr Berlusconi has been largely sidelined from politics since a 2013 tax fraud conviction.

He still heads his Forza Italia party, which along with other centre-right parties had a mediocre showing in weekend local elections.

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