George W. Bush Heart Surgery: Annual Check Up Discovers Blocked Artery In Former President [REPORT]

By Staff Reporter on August 6, 2013 3:35 PM EDT

George W. Bush heart surgery
George W. Bush heart surgery was performed Tuesday morning to insert a stent to open a blocked artery. (Photo: Creative Commons)

George W. Bush underwent heart surgery Tuesday morning to treat a blocked artery in his heart. The blocked artery was discovered during his annual physical on Monday.

According to an official statement, a stent was placed to keep W. Bush's artery open Tuesday morning at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The procedure did not encounter any complications.

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"President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday," said Bush spokesperson Freddy Ford"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."

Blocked arteries may be caused by several factors including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, stress and family history, according to the American Heart Association. While a blocked artery may exhibits symptoms including chest pain or shortness of breath, George W. Bush did not exhibit any symptoms before his annual physical at Cooper Clinic of Dallas, Texas.

"He had a stress test as part of his annual physical," Ford stated. "During the stress test there were EKG changes, which prompted a CT angiogram that confirmed the blockage."

67-year-old George W. Bush has maintained a healthy lifestyle and was known to jog while serving his presidential terms. Later, knee pain has led W. Bush to do more cycling to remain active.

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