Shimon Peres has suffered a stroke and been rushed to hospital, according to a spokeswoman for the former Israeli president.

Peres’ doctors decided to sedate him and put him on a respirator as he undergoes medical treatment. Israel’s Channel 1 reported that his condition was changed to serious.

Peres, 93, was taken to Sheba Medical Centre in Tel HaShomer near Tel Aviv after telling his doctor that he felt weak.

The doctor had successfully implanted a pacemaker for Peres a week ago. Peres was diagnosed in July with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm.

In January, Peres had a heart attack and then cardiac angioplasty to open a blocked artery. He was hospitalized twice more with chest pains.

In an interview in January, just days before his heart attack, Peres said he was busier than ever, including his work with the Peres Center for Peace, which he founded.

A month earlier, social media was flooded with rumours that Peres had died, leading him to take to Facebook to declare that rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted: “I wish former president Shimon Peres speedy recovery. Shimon, we love you, and the entire nation prays for your recovery.”