Former President George W. Bush recovering after stent surgery for blocked artery
posted at 3:51 pm on August 6, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham
Former President George W. Bush, who became a grandfather in April, had a stent put in his heart during a surgical procedure in Dallas Tuesday. During a routine annual physical this week, doctors discovered a blockage in the famously fit president’s heart:
The procedure was performed at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas where the 67-year-old former president “is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday,” his office said in a statement.
The former president underwent an angioplasty, a procedure to open narrow or blocked arteries, per his doctor’s recommendation. The stent, a small tube in the artery, will help maintain blood flow.
Bush doesn’t have a family history of artery or heart disease, but his 89-year-old father was in the hospital with pneumonia for several months in 2012. Since then, former President George H.W. Bush has been in a wheelchair.
Bush is said to be in “high spirits,” and vowing to return to his normal schedule Thursday. Glad to hear everything went smoothly, and they caught it before it caused bigger problems. I’m sure he’ll be back on a bike as soon as possible.