TV presenter Martin King says he is "feeling great" after a recent health scare which resulted in him having five stents implanted. 

King, who presents The Six O'Clock Show on Virgin Media One with Muireann O’Connell, had been missing from his regular spot on the couch for the past two weeks.

He returned to screens on Monday telling viewers "that he had a little scare before Christmas" and following tests he discovered that "one of the arteries in the back of my heart was almost 90 per cent blocked."

King said: "I had a little bit of a scare just before Christmas and I went off and had it checked but it turned out to be bad indigestion.

"But from that they wanted me to do a stress test and they did and they discovered that there were a few electrical and plumbing problems."

"So over the last three or four weeks, I've had five stents put in because one of the arteries in the back of my heart was almost 90 per cent blocked.

"And I'm active, I go to the gym. But if it's in your genes it's in your genes.

"I feel great."

Martin also encouraged men to make sure and "go get checked" if they are worried about their health.

"Go get checked boys, please go get checked. Because I’ve avoided an awful lot of hassle just by going and getting checked.

"Having this discovered, I’ve avoided what could have been a huge surgery."

The Six O'Clock Show airs on Virgin Media One weekdays at 6pm