George W. Bush gets heart stent

 

It was reported that former U.S> President George W. Bush underwent surgery to open a arterial blockage in his heart at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital August 6, 2013. The placement of the stent was performed successfully this morning, without complication and he is expected to return home tomorrow. DALLAS, TX - APRIL 25: Former President George W. Bush waves goodbye after attending the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The Bush library, which is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University, with more than 70 million pages of paper records, 43,000 artifacts, 200 million emails and four million digital photographs, will be opened to the public on May 1, 2013. The library is the 13th presidential library in the National Archives and Records Administration system. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) ________________________________________ George W. Bush at the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in April. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

George W. Bush’s annual physical took an unexpected turn Monday: A visit to the operating room.

Doctors discovered an arterial blockage in the former president’s heart and recommended surgery, reports our colleague Aaron Blake. Bush had a stent inserted to open the blockage Tuesday morning and is recovering in good condition at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

“President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday,” a statement from his Dallas office said. “He is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him. He thanks his family, friends, and fellow citizens for their prayers and well wishes. And he encourages us all to get our regular check-ups.”

Bush, 67, is known for his healthy lifestyle and love of exercise. His only health issues while in office: Some noncancerous skin lesions removed in 2001 and that infamous head bonk after he choked on a pretzel in 2002.

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