Former President Clinton Has Emergency Heart Surgery

Posted February 11, 2010 at 4:34pm

Former President Bill Clinton is in “good spirits” after being rushed to a New York City hospital Thursday for emergency heart surgery, according to Clinton counselor Douglas Band.

“Today, President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital after feeling discomfort in his chest,” 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. President Clinton is in good spirits, and will continue to focus on the work of his Foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts.”

The incident comes four and a half years after Clinton successfully underwent bypass surgery for four blocked arteries.

The Associated Press reported that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton headed to New York to be with her husband following a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Hillary Clinton is scheduled to travel to the Persian Gulf on Friday, but it was not immediately clear if the trip would be affected by her
husband’s hospitalization.