Sen. John Warner was hospitalized Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Influential Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia was hospitalized Tuesday with a heart condition, according to a statement from the senator's office.
Doctors at Inova Fairfax Hospital performed a procedure to correct atrial fibrillation, the statement said, and a follow-up, routine procedure is scheduled for Wednesday.
"His doctors fully anticipate that Senator Warner will be home this weekend and back to work next week," the statement said.
The statement said Warner, 80, "handled planned appointments" at his office Tuesday morning, checking in with the Capitol Physician's Office mid-morning. He returned to his office for more meetings after that, and left in the afternoon for an appointment at the hospital.
Atrial fibrillation is a heart rhythm disorder that usually involves a rapid heart rate.
Warner said last month he would not seek re-election in 2008.
Insert obligatory "heartless politician" jokes here.....
God bless John Warner. He's a man of his word, and popular for it too. Who'd think integrity was something the voters look for in a politician. He will be missed in the Senate.
Hello? Why are we discussing McCain in this blog? This article is about Warner and not McCain.
That's great Dyinglikeflies, but what the hell does it have to do with John Warner's heart condition?
Having had supraventricular tachycardia myself, my best wishes go out to Senator Warner. It is a very scary situation especially not knowing what it is. Please get well soon.
What exactly does that have to do with John Warner's heart condition?
That's incorrect, people live with A-Fib all the time, its a non lethal rhythm, usually the patient is placed on coumadin or aspirin. It only becomes lethal when it BECOMES rapid with a HR of around 150.
get well soon.
In other congressional news, Democrats are pressing their House advantage with a recruitment coup in IL-11, and ads against vulnerable incumbents, including FL's Feeney who they are trying to push towards the exit!
I admire Senator Warner and will truly miss his statesmanship on the floor of the United States Senate. Whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent, I think all three political afflictions will admit Senator Warner is a statesman.
Best wishes to Senator Warner, and a job well done by CNN to bring levity to an otherwise grave situation by putting an article about a politician's heart problem on the political "ticker!"
Your article on Sent John Warner and making it into a blown out of proportion event is ludicrious. Many, many people have "afib", it is corrected and controlled with medication and and simple 20 minute procedure in the OR called a cardio-vert. Actually, you can go home in about 1 hr. after the minor procedure in which they literally stop the heart and restart it so that the heart rythm is returned to normal. There is no need to blow this out of proportion as the press is fully inclined to do. Let's stop focusing on the minor problems in the world and start focusing on the major ones.
Warner is one of the few honorable Republicans. There should be no "heartless" jokes.
He was once married to Elizabeth Taylor – poor guy, his heart must have taken some terrible shocks along the way. He doesn't look good in the pic, but it doesn't look much like McCain to me. He's a pretty good guy for a Republican.
There is no question that Sen. Warner received and will receive the best medical care available at taxpayer expense.
I hope he remembers that when he is voting for the bill to provide health care for the children.
I am shocked that the doctors did not implant a pacemaker into him to correct this problem. A week ago Monday, I went to Urgent Care due to weeks of lightheadedness and was told my heart rate was 30. Once at the hospital, a pacemaker was implanted that day. I was discharged the next day and performing my daily activities with no problems. I was told that I had Bracyiacardia which is a slow rythmn; however, with A/F, they do implants also. He needs to have this done before another incident or worse.
Gee, thought you needed a heart in order to have Atrial fibrillation. And we all know Rethuglicans are heartless.
Amazing! we should all just take a moment and think about how our lives are consumed by everything, may you get well soon senator, you have been a pleasure to watch, even if you are not affiliated to the same party I am, I believe he has done a lot of good in servicing his country. I just hope that at the age of 80 we all get a chance to still be useful...
It's a shame a sitting President veto's a bill that will help familes and yet signed a bill that would build a bridge to no where.......
How do GOP members sleep at night? Senator Wagner has the best medical care and yet americans can't afford one.
Tell me Republican (Does living pay-check-to-paycheck) how do you support such a party that does not care for you and your family????
How? If I get a good answer I could consider changing parties.
The bill to provide health care for middle class children is not even close to the equivalent of what our corrupt Congress has voted to give itself at our expense. Oh, and lets not forget the yearly raises and that lifetime of full salary as a retirement bonus. Disgusting is the only word that comes to mind.
If the dems really wanted to help children they would cut back on some of their own lavish benefits thus saving the taxpayer more than enough to pay for their insurance. Isn't it ironic..
Lying and having a guilty concious are proven stress catalysts...Maybe the old man should stop lying and do what is right; maybe his heart would get better...
Yay! Another scurrilous, career Republican is stepping aside. Maybe there's hope for America yet!
CNN removes posts...they removed mine...stop posting to CNN.
This particular Republican is 80. He's been around Washington since 1969. He says he's pro-choice but always votes anti abortion. He's a moderate and as Rebublicans go about the best I could expect. But he probably would lose a re-election bid this time so he should just retire and take some of that Mellon money and buy a nice colonial in Great Falls.
I Do Like This Man. He is a decent person and I hope he will be okay.