(CNN)  – Brian May, lead guitarist for the legendary band Queen, was rushed to the hospital by his doctor after suffering a heart attack. In a video posted to Instagram on Monday, May revealed that in addition to injuring his buttocks in a gardening accident earlier this month, he had also recently suffered from serious heart problems that he believed he “could have died” from.

The 72-year-old musician described the “saga” of incidents that had befallen him in May, starting with injuring his buttocks. “I had an MRI and yes I did have a rip in my…my gluteus maximus,” he said in a video Monday, noting that he assumed the injury was the cause of the pain he was feeling.

However, a week later, the rocker said he was still in “agony,” leading him to have an MRI of his spine, which revealed a compressed sciatic nerve. The nerve, May said, was “quite severely compressed and that’s why I had this feeling that someone was putting a screwdriver in my back.”

Brian May performs onstage during the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 (Photo by Getty Images for Global Citizen)

But that’s not the end of the story — while still enduring buttock pain, the Queen guitarist revealed he suffered a heart attack. “In the middle of the whole saga of the painful backside I had a small heart attack,” he said, adding that he endured around 40 minutes of pain and chest tightness.

Brian May of Queen in concert at The Forum on July 19, 2019 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Getty Images)

“I actually turned out to have three arteries which were congested and in danger of blocking the supply of blood to my heart,” he said. Though some recommended he have a triple heart bypass, the musician told viewers that he opted to have three stents put in. The musician said he was shocked when he discovered his condition, having thought he was a “healthy guy.”

“I had no idea, I had great electrocardiograms and whatever, you know. Nothing could tell me that I was about to be in real, real trouble, because I could have died from that, from the blockages that were there,” he said. May says that after an “incredible operation” by medics, he walked out of the hospital, feeling remarkably well.

Brian May, Adam Lambert and Roger Taylor of Queen attend the press conference ahead of the Rhapsody Tour at Conrad Hotel on January 16, 2020 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Getty Images)


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