<p>In this Tuesday, April 5, 2016 file photo, former Premier Silvio Berlusconi attends the funeral of Italy coach Cesare Maldini at the Sant Ambrogio's Basilica in Milan, Italy. Berlusconi has been hospitalized for scheduled tests after doctors discovered a small irregular heartbeat during an earlier appointment. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)</p>
The Associated Press
Posted at 8:00 AM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated2016-06-07 08:00:51-04
ROME (AP) — Ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi has been hospitalized for scheduled tests after doctors discovered a small irregular heartbeat during an earlier appointment.
A spokeswoman for Berlusconi's Forza Italia party said the 79-year-old billionaire businessman, who has had a pacemaker for years, hadn't suffered any sudden illness and felt fine. Spokeswoman Deborah Bergamini said he was expected to stay in the San Raffaele clinic in Milan for a few days of tests.
Berlusconi has been largely sidelined from politics since a 2013 tax fraud conviction. He still heads his Forza Italia party, which along with other center-right parties had a mediocre showing in weekend local elections.
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