Queen's Brian May opens up on "excruciating" health scare

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Legendary musician Brian May has spoken about his recent health scare on Instagram. Whilst suffering from an "excruciatingly painful" compressed sciatic nerve in which he "felt like someone was putting a screwdriver up [his] back the whole time", he experienced another severe health issue.

Posting a video today (March 25), the Queen guitarist captioned it: "My medical adventures! Hmm... Sheer Heart Attack eh? Well, I think I always worried a little bit about that album title. I wondered if it might upset some people who had actually had heart attacks.

"I'm actually quite relieved now that I'm in that club – and I don't find it upsetting at all! Take care folks."

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Filming himself from home, the 72-year-old discussed why he'd decided to recount his "near death" experience on social media.

With reports circulating about a "ripped muscle" hospitalising him, Brian felt the full story deserved an "intimate" explanation.

"The rest of the story is a little more bizarre, a bit more shocking. Well I was shocked because I thought I was a pretty healthy guy and everyone says 'You've got great blood pressure, you've got a great heart rate.'

"I keep fit with biking, I've got a good diet and everything, but anyway, in the middle of the whole saga of the painful backside, I had a small heart attack," he revealed.

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"I say small, it's not something that did me any harm, it was about 40 minutes of pain in the chest and tightness and that feeling in the arms and sweating."

Brian's "wonderful" doctor proceeded to drive him to the hospital, where he was checked into the 'CAT room' and received an "angiogram".

Fortunately for the the star and the world of music, he was looked after and is now resting.

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