Navigation Links
Ex-President Clinton Undergoes Heart Procedure

Stents 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, according to published reports.

"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 prepared 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."

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

ABC News reported that its chief political correspondent, George Stephanopoulos, said that sources told him "this is not life-threatening." Stephanopoulos, who once worked for Clinton in the White House, noted Clinton's non-stop work ethic and said the former president has worked "20 hours a day for the last 20 years," the network said.

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, some of which had squeezed almost completely shut, the Associated Press reported.

Angioplasty, which usually includes placing stents, is a common medical procedure, with more than half a million stents inserted into patients each year in the United States.

But with bypass surgery or angioplasty, arteries can often clog up again, requiring another procedure years later.

"It's not unexpected" for Clinton to need another procedure now, Dr. Clyde Yancy, cardiologist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and president of the American Heart Association, told the AP.

The sections of arteries and veins used to create detours around the original blockages tend to develop clogs five to 10 years after a bypass, Yancy explained. New blockages also can develop in new areas.

"This kind of disease is progressive. It's not a one-time event, so it really points out the need for constant surveillance" and treating risk factors such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, he said.

Clinton has been working in recent weeks to help relief efforts in Haiti. Since leaving office in 2001, he has maintained a busy schedule working on humanitarian projects through his foundation.

More information

To learn more about stents visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Associated Press; ABC News

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Experts, Advocates Available to Comment on Hillary Clintons Health Care Plan
2. Statement from Employment Policies Institute on Senator Hillary Clintons Health Care Plan
3. Consumer Group: Hillary Clintons Mandatory Health Insurance Purchase Plan is an Act of War on the Middle Class Family That Cant Afford $12k Policy
4. SATELLITE BROADCAST: Consumer Group Says Hillary Clintons Mandatory Health Insurance Plan is an Act of War on the Middle Class that Cant Afford $12k Policy
5. Union President Praises Hillary Clintons Health Plan
6. Hillary Clinton Discusses Health Care for Women Over 40 in Exclusive Interview with Womens Voices for Change
7. Sen. Clinton First to Confirm Participation at Global Summit on AIDS and the Church:
8. Senator Clintons Plan The Kind of Leadership We Need on AIDS
9. Malaria Community Applauds Clintons $1 Billion a Year Pledge; Invites Other Candidates to Make Malaria Commitments
10. Cavidi Signs Agreement With the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative to Lower Costs of HIV Monitoring
11. Long Term Care Leader Applauds Clinton for Bringing Critical Issue of Senior Care into the Presidential Debate
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... optimization of adjunctive imaging is the focus of numerous abstracts accepted for presentation ... 29-December 4, 2015. Nine abstracts highlight the use of Volpara Solutions’ quantitative ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (December ... the organization has awarded Education and Developmental Therapies (EDT), an Applied Behavior Analysis ... celebrates exceptional special needs providers that excel in synthesizing the areas of clinical ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... TCS Healthcare Technologies (TCS), a ... health arenas, is pleased to announce that VIP Care Services, a Caprock Health ... the ACUITY Complete Care™ Management to back their collaborative catastrophic case management initiatives. ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... With FCPX Overlay: Grit , users ... over customization, the possibilities are truly endless, all with a click of a mouse. ... vertical flip, horizontal flip, depth of field and more, all within Final Cut Pro ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Tympani Inc., announced today ... status from Cisco. This designation recognizes Tympani as having fulfilled the training requirements ... targeted to the high-end enterprise contact center marketplace. , Ed Kapelinski, President of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... Colo. , Dec. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... ) today announced that its Chief Executive ... at the Oppenheimer Annual Healthcare Conference in ... participate in the conference through a webcast ... , --> ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... , Dec. 1, 2015 Pharma Tech ... Top 10 Clinical Data Management Solution Providers - ... a distinguished panel comprising CEOs, CIOs, VCs, analysts, and ... the illustrious list of top 10 clinical data management ... article on pages 14 and 36 respectively). ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... de diciembre de 2015  AccuTEC Blades, ... de precisión, develó hoy un nuevo logo ... marca. El nuevo logo destaca la experiencia ... ingeniería de productos con cuchillas donde "el ... --> ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: