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Brian May health: Queen star's heart attack 'a miracle' – treatment 'given my life back'

Queen guitarist Brian May has struggled through a number of health problems during the lockdown. Not only did the 73-year-old rip his Gluteus Maximus while gardening, but he also suffered a heart attack. But now the rock legend is feeling a lot better and his getting fighting fit for Queen and Adam Lambert’s tour next year.

Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, May said: “It’s actually a bit of a miracle because if this had happened, I guess, 20 years ago that would have been it really.

“When I was growing up you heard somebody had a heart attack and it was kind of the end of their lives more or less. So I was very fortunate to have had this incredible team who dived in.

“They didn’t do the by-pass operation, they did the angioplasty which is a million per cent less invasive than an operation.”

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The 73-year-old said how he had three stents put in which was “very, very successful.”

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Brian May health: Queen guitarist on heart attack treatment  (Image: BM/GETTY)

Brian May has struggled with health problems throughout 2020 (Image: BM)

May continued: “It’s given me my life back.”

“I’m also grateful because it happened in this pandemic year and I’m able to take the time off to recover and devote my energies to regaining health.”

The Queen guitarist says his new fitness regime has become his new religion.

He added: “I’m absolutely devoted to my physio every day of my life and building up the strength in my heart muscle and the rest of my body as well. It’s actually a pretty good story on the whole.”

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Queen and Adam Lambert’s No 1 live album is out now (Image: QAL)

Queen and Adam Lambert were supposed to be touring the UK and Europe this summer, but the pandemic has seen those concerts postponed to 2021.

Nevertheless, May admitted it’s “very unclear” how they will go ahead, but is focusing on his fitness for now.

He said: “First of all I have to get fit and I’m doing well, but I need to do better. 

“Probably another six months of rehab to get right back up to full strength.”

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On the specifics of his exercise regime, May said he does around 90 minutes every day.

The 73-year-old said: “I generally allow myself one day of rest a week. 

“The rest of the time I’m going for it because you see the results.

“You have to keep moving. That muscle of your heart needs to be reconstituted because it’s not going to happen on its own.”

On his fitness regime, May added: “I love it. It’s funny how you get into a thing. In the old days, I never would have done it, but now I get up and that’s the first thing I think of.

“I go into my little gym, I get on the bike and I’m off.

“I watch my heart rate. It’s all very well controlled, I don’t overdo anything. I’m into it, I love it!”

Queen and Adam Lambert’s live album Live Around The World is out now.


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