Published January 31, 2008
NEW YORK – Paul McCartney says recent media reports that he had a heart procedure last year are "entirely untrue."
"People are ringing and texting me saying, 'Are you OK?"' he writes in a posting on his newly redesigned Web site. "I hadn't seen the report so I was puzzled by so many enquiries about my health. So I think it's a good time to put this rumour to rest."
The 65-year-old ex-Beatle says that during a routine medical examination over a year ago, "there was a minor irregularity which I needed to have tests for and which I have now been assured is completely fine."
Recent media reports "completely distorted the story, calling it an angioplasty, which is entirely untrue, and this is why so many friends have been concerned about my health," he writes.
Angioplasty is a procedure to check and clear clogged arteries in the heart.
"I am happy to say that I feel great and I have passed my most recent medical with flying colours."
McCartney, who is nominated for a Grammy Award for his latest album, "Memory Almost Full," says he wants to assure friends and family that he's in good health.
He adds: "I have secretly been enjoying all the sympathy I've been getting!"