Abbas Leaves Hospital After Heart Procedure

A beaming Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (search) left an Amman hospital Thursday, saying he felt "just fine" hours after undergoing successful heart surgery (search).

"Things are just fine and I'm in very good health," the 69-year-old Abbas told reporters, smiling as he left the hospital dressed in an elegant black suit.

"What I had yesterday was a routine examination, but I did not feel tired or complain of anything," he said, apparently responding to comments by his top aide, Tayeb Abdel Rahim, who said Wednesday that the Palestinian (search) leader complained of fatigue and underwent angioplasty, a procedure to clear out clogged coronary arteries.

Two Jordanian doctors who examined the Palestinian leader said Thursday that Abbas underwent a coronary angiogram, also known as catheterization — a common procedure to ensure that the arteries are not clogged.