Bill Clinton hospitalized

Advisor says former president underwent procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries

By Alex Koppelman
February 12, 2010 2:48AM (UTC)
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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton holds his hand over his heart as he speaks to reporters after voting for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in the U.S. presidential primary election at the Douglas Grafflin Elementary School near the Clinton's home in Chappaqua, New York, February 5, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (© Mike Segar / Reuters)

Former President bill Clinton was "rushed" to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan Thursday afternoon, ABC News is reporting. ABC's George Stephanopoulos says Clinton was taken to the hospital "likely for a stent procedure" related to his heart.

CNN has confirmed that Clinton was taken to the hospital; they're saying the former president was suffering from chest pains.


Update: Douglas Band, a counselor to Clinton, has released this statement:

Today President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital after feeling discomfort in his chest. Following a visit to his cardiologist, he underwent a procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries. President Clinton is in good spirits, and will continue to focus on the work of his Foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts. In 2004, President Clinton underwent a successful quadruple bypass operation to free four blocked arteries.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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