Doctors say Yeltsin can't go home yet
Results of heart exam OK
December 19, 1997
Web posted at: 9:52 a.m. EST (1452 GMT)
MOSCOW (CNN) -- As a precaution, Russian President Boris
Yeltsin will spend five to seven more days in the country
sanitarium where he is recovering from a cold and viral
infection, his spokesman, Sergei Yastrzhembsky, said Friday.
"It could be that some business might lure Boris Nikolayevich
(Yeltsin) to work sooner, but from a purely medical
standpoint we would like him to stay at the sanitarium,"
chief Kremlin doctor Sergei Mironov told a news conference.
Mironov said the decision was made "in order to be absolutely
sure that there is no relapse and that his ability to work is
The announcement came only a day after Yeltsin appeared on
national television and said he was leaving the sanitarium
and would be back at work on Friday.
"It was just a bad cold, and there was a chance of
complications. But tomorrow I'm leaving here," Yeltsin said.
Not so, Yastrzhembsky said later in the day.
Yeltsin, who underwent heart bypass surgery in November 1996,
had a heart exam Friday morning, and surgeon Dr. Renat
Akchurin said all was well.
"The cold did not affect his heart condition," Yeltsin's
doctor, Mironov said.
Yeltsin, 66, was taken to the Barvikha sanitarium outside
Moscow on December 10 suffering from a severe cold and acute
viral respiratory infection. Doctors at that time predicted
he would spend 10 to 12 days there.
"The 10 to 12 days needed by his doctors to cure his cold are
not yet over, so the president will work this Friday at
Barvikha, just as he has in days past," Yastrzhembsky said.
Yeltsin's schedule for January, including a mid-month trip to
India, remains unchanged, officials said.
His stay at Barikhva marked the third time in just over a
year that he has been hospitalized. Yeltsin has denied
rumors that his illness was more serious than the Kremlin
"You find these rumors among yourselves," Yeltsin told
Reuters contributed to this report.