Brian May revealed in May that he suffered a heart attack, and in a new interview, he talks about his recovery in the months since.
Speaking with U.K.’s The Times, May said, “I’ve had complications due to the drugs I’m on, one of which was a stomach explosion that nearly killed me…The heart attack was a symbol of an arterial disease, but I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t have high cholesterol and I was exercising through the tour, so why did it happen? At least I now have a heart that is working far better than it was.”
While he’s on the mend, May mentions he has a “long climb back” until he’s back to being 100 percent.
Back in late May, the Queen guitarist detailed on Instagram a strange gardening accident where he tore his glute muscles, but he was still dealing with a significant amount of pain. May then says the pain wasn’t from his glute muscles but from a severely compressed sciatic nerve as discovered from an MRI.
During that, however, May suffered a heart attack, which he described as “…about 40 minutes of pain in the chest, and tightness, and that feeling in the arms, and sweating.” Doctors discovered three of his arteries has significant congestion and was given the option of surgery or implanting three stents. May opted for the latter.
All things considered, May remained in high spirits while delivering this news in the video saying, “I’m incredibly grateful that I now have a life to lead again. I was actually very near death because of this, but the pain that I had was from something completely different, it’s funny how things work…I’m good, there’s no need to panic. Please don’t send me sympathies and such, cause I’m good, just send me congratulations if you’d like.”