George W. Bush undergoes heart procedure

The former president successfully had a stent procedure to address a blockage in his artery

By Jillian Rayfield
Published August 6, 2013 3:46PM (EDT)

George W. Bush successfully underwent a heart procedure in Dallas to address a blockage in his artery, which doctors found during his annual checkup.

"At the recommendation of his doctors, President Bush agreed to have a stent placed to open the blockage," Bush spokesman Freddy Ford said, according to the Associated Press. "The procedure was performed successfully this morning, without complication, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital."

From the AP:

Bush, 67, was expected to be discharged Wednesday and resume his normal schedule the following day.

The blockage was discovered Monday during Bush's physical at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, where the nation's 43rd president lives.


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