Bill Clinton Hospitalized for Heart Procedure
Former US President Bill Clinton was hospitalized Thursday, February 11, after experiencing chest pains. He underwent a heart procedure placing two stents into one of his coronary arteries.
A stent is a tiny tube that is inserted into a narrowed or blocked passage/conduit in the body to prevent or counteract a disease-induced, localized flow constriction. In Clinton’s case a blocked vessel is needed to be opened up to allow blood flow.
Clinton underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2004.
Daughter Chelsea Clinton was with him at the hospital. His wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left Washington after a meeting in the oval office to be with him. It is still not clear if this will affect the former first lady’s travel plans as she is scheduled to leave for the Middle East Friday, February 12.
The former most powerful person in the world is currently co-leading relief efforts to earthquake devastated Haiti.
He was described to be in “good spirits” after the procedure.