Peres Out of Hospital After Mild Heart Attack

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres (3rd L) delivers a statement to the media as he is discharged from a hospital near Tel Aviv, January 19, 2016. The 92-year-old former prime minister and president successfully underwent minor surgery for a constricted artery that had caused chest pain on January 14, officials said. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres (C.) delivers a statement to the media as he is discharged from the Tel Hashomer hospital on Tuesday. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

Ninety-two-year-old former Israeli President Shimon Peres was discharged Tuesday afternoon from the hospital after suffering a mild heart attack last week.

Peres thanked well-wishers after checking out of Tel Hashomer Hospital, near Tel Aviv. He said he was “happy to return to work and excited to serve the country.”

Peres completed his seven-year term as president in 2014 but remains in the public eye.

Peres has filled nearly every position in Israeli public life since he became the director-general of the Defense Ministry at the age of 25. Peres was first elected to parliament in 1959. In a seven-decade political career, Peres also served three brief stints as prime minister.

Peres was rushed last week to the hospital after experiencing chest pains. A check-up found an irregular heart rate and he was given a successful cardiac catheterization.