A top BBC Springwatch presenter revealed that he had an ‘unexpected’ heart attack which forced him to pull out of the nature programme.

Iolo Williams, 61, pulled out of BBC’s Springwatch after suffering major complications following his surgery to fit a stent in an artery.

The treatment involves inserting a short, wire mesh tube that acts like a scaffold, called a stent, to widen and open up narrowed or blocked arteries supplying the heart muscle.

The procedure comes with risks such as damage to arteries, allergic reactions and excessive bleeding, according to the NHS.

The TV presenter is set to make a return and will be back on air for a new wildlife series, Winterwatch. 

Iolo Williams, 61, pulled out of BBC's Springwatch after suffering major complications following his surgery to fit a stent in an artery

Iolo Williams, 61, pulled out of BBC's Springwatch after suffering major complications following his surgery to fit a stent in an artery

Iolo Williams, 61, pulled out of BBC’s Springwatch after suffering major complications following his surgery to fit a stent in an artery

The TV presenter is set to make a return and will be back on air for a new wildlife series, Winterwatch

The TV presenter is set to make a return and will be back on air for a new wildlife series, Winterwatch

The TV presenter is set to make a return and will be back on air for a new wildlife series, Winterwatch

Mr Williams has has become one of television's most recognisable faces after establishing himself as a co-presenter for numerous nature programmes

Mr Williams has has become one of television's most recognisable faces after establishing himself as a co-presenter for numerous nature programmes

Mr Williams has has become one of television’s most recognisable faces after establishing himself as a co-presenter for numerous nature programmes

Mr Williams said: ‘I had a heart attack and it was very unexpected. 

‘I keep fit, I’ve been playing rugby ever since I was 45, I run two to three times a week.’ 

He had a stent inserted in April but complications with a clot forced him to pull out of the nature-lover favourite show. 

At the time he said: ‘My demise has been greatly exaggerated; thanks to brilliant friends, wonderful family & the excellent NHS.’ 

He has has become one of television’s most recognisable faces after establishing himself as a co-presenter for numerous nature programmes. 

He became became a regular presenter on Winterwatch, Springwatch and Autumnwatch in 2019. 

Mr Williams is due to return to Winterwatch which is expected to air in January. 

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