AEROSMITH: Kramer Explains Heart Issues
Says he had stents inserted to relieve a minor blockage, but serious heart problems were in his family’s history, not his.
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer has confirmed what his wife said at the time he was briefly forced to leave the band’s tour in August due to heart issues.
Appearing on The Eddie Trunk Podcast, Kramer said he had two stents inserted into his heart to relieve shortness of breath he initially thought was acid reflux, but turned out to have been caused by a minor blockage of blood to his heart. At the time, Kramer’s wife, Linda, challenged TMZ’s reports that he’d had “emergency open heart surgery,” saying that he’d undergone a procedure “related to his heart,” but didn’t have a history of heart problems and didn’t have emergency surgery. Kramer says there have been heart problems in his family, but that he’d never previously had one.
Kramer says he’s now feeling better than ever and doesn’t “see any reason — unless somebody drops dead — that [Aerosmith] couldn’t keep [touring] for another five years.” He adds, though, that he just doesn’t know “if it makes sense for us to make another record.”