Brazil`s VP has heart attack, in stable condition

Officials say Brazil`s vice president has suffered a heart attack but is in stable condition.

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2010, 22:10 PM IST

Sao Paulo: Officials say Brazil`s vice
president has suffered a heart attack but is in stable
condition.

A Sao Paulo hospital says Jose Alencar is resting in
its intensive care unit and that immediate surgery is not
needed.

Alencar is technically Brazil`s head of state while
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is attending an economic
summit in South Korea.

A spokeswoman with the president`s office in Brasilia
said today that Alencar is alert and remains the acting
president. She spoke on condition of anonymity, saying she
could not discuss the matter.

Alencar suffered the heart attack Thursday evening. He
is being treated at the Sirio Libanes hospital.

The vice president has been fighting abdominal cancer
since 1997.

PTI