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President Boris N. Yeltsin was rushed to a hospital with heart pains today, but the Kremlin said he staged a good recovery and was not in danger.

The 64-year-old leader, whose health has raised doubts in the past over his ability to rule, was taken to Moscow's central clinic for tests after a long-standing condition grew worse.

The heart disease described by the Kremlin is a condition that restricts the supply of blood to the heart.

Officials sought to play down a new round of speculation, saying Yeltsin was discharging his duties from the hospital ward and there was no reason for a temporary transfer of power to Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin.

"The painful attack has been relieved and there is no recurrence of pain," spokesman Sergei Medvedev told ORT television after Yeltsin underwent electrocardiograph tests.

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