Iconic Eastenders actress Dame Barbara Windsor has had an emergency heart procedure following complications with her medication.

It’s been confirmed by friends and family that Barbara Windsor has been fitted with an emergency pacemaker, following an unexpected complication with her Alzheimer’s medication.

The 81-year-old acting legend is believed to have collapsed at home after reporting the prescribed medication was leaving her “dizzy and breathless.”

Following her collapse, Barbara is believed to have stayed in hospital for eight days – having the pacemaker fitted during this time.

Barbara’s 55-year-old husband Scott Mitchell has since reassured concerned fans that she is recuperating from the serious surgery without complications: “She’s looking forward to getting out on the town again soon.”

Scott, who has been married to Barbara for 25 years, added: “Barbara was suffering from a low heart rate which doctors thought was being caused by some of her medication.

“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.”

Close friend Christopher Biggins also added that he will be taking Barbara for her first day trip following the health scare next week.

He shared: “I spoke to her last week and I’m going to see her next week. We’re going to go out. She likes to go out because she spends a lot of time indoors.”

Barbara, who has been in showbiz for nearly six decades now, was diagnosed with Alzheimers four years ago.

However, the Carry On actress decided not to reveal she was suffering with the illness until May of this year.

After finally sharing her health struggles with the media, the Carry On actress had graciously thanked fans for their support: “Thank you to everyone for the lovely messages of support that I’ve been receiving, it really means such a lot to me, it truly does.”

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and typically results in memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.

For more information, head over here to the NHS website. Sending our very best wishes to Barbara!