Former President George W. Bush undergoes heart surgery

Former President George W. Bush undergoes heart surgery

Credit: WFAA

FILE: Former President George W. Bush with 43 children from the Dallas-Fort Worth area were chosen by their superintendents to be the first visitors to the museum.

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by MARJORIE OWENS

WFAA & Associated Press

Posted on August 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM

DALLAS - President George W. Bush underwent heart surgery after a blockage was discovered in an artery of the former president's heart Monday during an annual exam in Dallas, read a statement released by Freddy Ford, a spokesman for Bush.

According to the statement, the blockage was found during an exam at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. Tuesday morning, Bush, 67, underwent surgery in which a stent opened up the blockage at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

"The procedure was performed successfully this morning, without complication, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital," Ford said. "President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday."

Bush has no previous history of heart trouble.

In May 2004, toward the end of his first term, Bush fell from his mountain bike during a 17-mile ride. He was wearing a helmet and mouthguard but sustained scrapes and scratches to his face, hand and knees. In July 2005, he crashed his bike again while on a slick pavement in Scotland and suffered some bruises and scrapes to a hand and arm.

In 2002, he briefly lost consciousness while watching a football game on TV at the White House and hit his head. The incident was blamed on him not feeling well and an improperly eaten pretzel.

In 1998 and 1999, while governor of Texas, he had two benign colonic polyps removed. In 2002, while president, he had a follow-up colonoscopy and invoked a section of the 25th Amendment temporarily transferring presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney. The colonoscopy showed no signs of cancer.

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