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Ex-President Clinton Said To Be Fine After Heart Procedure
Date:2/12/2010

Stents successfully inserted to reopen clogged coronary artery

THURSDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Former President Bill Clinton was said to be "in good spirits" Thursday evening in a New York City hospital after he had two stents inserted into a clogged heart artery.

The 63-year-old Clinton, who underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2004, had been complaining of chest pains.

"Today President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Columbia campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital after feeling discomfort in his chest," the former president's counselor, Douglas Band, said in a statement.

"Following a visit to his cardiologist, he underwent a procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries," Band said, adding that Clinton was "in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his foundation and Haiti's relief and long-term recovery efforts."

Dr. Allan Schwartz, the hospital's chief of cardiology, said Thursday night that an electrocardiogram and a blood test showed no evidence of a heart attack or heart damage, according to CNN.

Clinton could leave the hospital as soon as Friday and be back at work on Monday, Schwartz said.

ABC News' chief political correspondent, George Stephanopoulos, who once worked for Clinton in the White House, called his ex-boss a workaholic and said he has worked "20 hours a day for the last 20 years," the network said.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left Washington, D.C., Thursday and arrived in New York to be with her husband.

Stents are tiny mesh scaffolds or tubes that are used to prop open an artery after it has been unclogged in an angioplasty procedure. In 2004, when clogged arteries first hospitalized Clinton, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery because of four blocked arteries.

Angioplasty, which usually includes placing stents, is a common medical procedure, with more than half a
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