Bill Clinton Hospitalized – “In good spirits”

President Bill Clinton in Haiti, 2009
President Bill Clinton in Haiti, 2009

President Bill Clinton visiting Haiti in 2009AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa

Former President Bill Clinton was hospitalized in New York today after experiencing chest pains. He underwent a procedure to have two stents inserted in one of his heart arteries.

Stents are tiny mesh scaffolds used to prop open an artery after it is unclogged in an angioplasty procedure. Doctors thread a tube through a blood vessel in the groin to a blocked artery, inflate a balloon to flatten the clog, and slide the stent into place.

Clinton also underwent heart treatment in 2004. "It's not unexpected" for Clinton to need another procedure now, said Dr. Clyde Yancy, cardiologist at Baylor University Medical Center.

Senator Hillary Clinton left Washington this morning and headed to New York to be with Bill at the hospital. No word yet on when he'll be released but a Clinton adviser says the former President is "in good spirits". - Dr.FB

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