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.