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George W. Bush has stent surgery to ease blocked artery

August 06, 2013|By Michael Muskal
  • Former President George W. Bush
Former President George W. Bush (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images )

Former President George W. Bush underwent a heart procedure in Dallas and is expected to be released from the hospital in time to resume his normal schedule on Thursday, officials said Tuesday.

Bush, 67, had a stent inserted after doctors discovered a blockage in his heart during his annual physical examination on Monday, according to his office. The nation’s 43rd president is expected to be released from care on Wednesday.

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

Bush's examination was conducted at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, where he lives.

The former president was described as being "in high spirits" and eager to return home.

"He is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him," Ford said. "He thanks his family, friends and fellow citizens for their prayers and well wishes. And he encourages us all to get our regular checkups."

Bush has no history of heart ailments and has been athletic for years.

In May 2004, Bush fell from his mountain bike during a 17-mile ride. He was wearing a helmet and mouth guard but sustained scrapes and scratches to his face, hand and knees.

In July 2005, he crashed his bike again while on slick pavement in Scotland and suffered some bruises and scrapes to his hand and arm.

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