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Date:2/11/2010

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.

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