Celebrated Italian conductor RICCARDO MUTI has undergone surgery to have a pacemaker fitted after doctors ruled a heart defect was to blame for his stage collapse earlier this month (Feb11).
The maestro, 69, sparked fears for his health when he fainted and tumbled from his podium during a rehearsal with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in Illinois.
Medics at Northwestern Memorial Hospital determined Muti's fall had been caused by "a common heart rhythm disturbance", although they noted the musician had good heart function.
He recently underwent surgery to correct facial injuries sustained in the incident and doctors used the opportunity to install a pacemaker to ensure his heart beats normally.
Muti is currently recovering at the Chicago hospital.