EastEnders star Barbara Windsor undergoes heart surgery

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EastEnders star Dame Barbara Windsor has undergone heart surgery after complications with her Alzheimer's medication.

Windsor's husband Scott Mitchell says she's "recovering well" following the heart operation, and revealed she had the device fitted during an eight-day hospital stay.

He told The Sun: "Barbara was suffering from a low heart rate which doctors thought was being caused by some of her medication.

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"She's looking forward to getting out on the town again soon," he added.

"She was getting very dizzy and short of breath and fainted one day at home, so she had an eight-day hospital spell about four weeks ago and they've put in a pacemaker for her."

The 81-year-old star's friend Christopher Biggins also confirmed that Windsor is recovering.

"I spoke to her last week and I'm going to see her next week," he said. "We're going to go out. She likes to go out because she spends a lot of time indoors."

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Following Babs' Alzheimer's diagnosis, her on-screen son Ross Kemp told fans that his former EastEnders co-star was in "good spirits".

"I think it was a brave decision to reveal her Alzheimer's diagnosis. It gets people talking and raises awareness, so that's a good thing," he added.

Barbara's friend David Walliams also recently shared a touching photo with her, describing the actress as "unbreakable" in an Instagram post.

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