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Silvio Berlusconi to have surgery over heart problem

The 79 year old was admitted to hospital in Milan earlier this week. Credit: PA

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is to undergo surgery after being admitted to hospital because of a heart problem.

Doctors said Berlusconi has a serious case of "aortic insufficiency" and is to have surgery to replace a valve.

The 79 year old was admitted to hospital in Milan earlier this week

The centre-right politician was Italy's prime minister four times. He had a pacemaker implanted in a US hospital when he was 70.