Actor James Woods underwent emergency heart surgery last month (NOV04) -
and then learned he'd have died in less than two weeks if he didn't have the
Woods, 57, had a stent inserted into one of his arteries following a
routine angiogram just over two weeks ago in Rhode Island.
The tiny coil expanded inside the artery to open the blockedarea and has
been left in place to keep blood flowing to the heart.
The relieved actor tells American tabloid the NATIONAL ENQUIRER, "Now I
"This all just happened on November 17. Before that, I couldn't walk up
the stairs to my mom's condo without running out of breath... and now I feel
like I can go out and play touch football."
Woods is now using his experience to warn everybody else of the value of
visiting the doctor.
He says, "I want to tell (everybody) to get a checkup and get tested for
possible heart disease. As my doctors told me: You have only one heart so you
don't want to take a chance with it!"