October 3rd, 2007
09:05 AM ET
11 years ago

Virginia senator hospitalized with heart condition

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.

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soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. curtis

    Insert obligatory "heartless politician" jokes here.....

    October 2, 2007 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  2. Brian Larsen, Syracuse NY

    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.

    October 2, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. Just Wandering

    Hello? Why are we discussing McCain in this blog? This article is about Warner and not McCain.

    October 2, 2007 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  4. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    That's great Dyinglikeflies, but what the hell does it have to do with John Warner's heart condition?

    October 2, 2007 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. Rob, Kansas City MO

    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.

    October 3, 2007 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  6. Matt, Chico, CA

    What exactly does that have to do with John Warner's heart condition?

    October 3, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  7. Chris

    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.

    October 3, 2007 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  8. Chuck - Lincoln Park, Michigan

    get well soon.


    October 3, 2007 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
  9. Daniel, NY

    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!

    October 3, 2007 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  10. Joshua, Washington, DC

    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.

    October 3, 2007 02:56 am at 2:56 am |
  11. Zac, San Francisco CA

    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!"

    October 3, 2007 03:44 am at 3:44 am |
  12. S. - Rockville, MD

    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.

    October 3, 2007 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  13. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Warner is one of the few honorable Republicans. There should be no "heartless" jokes.

    October 3, 2007 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  14. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    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.

    October 3, 2007 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  15. Paul C. Palmetto Bay, FL

    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.

    October 3, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Herc of Tucson, AZ

    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.

    October 3, 2007 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  17. Pat, huntington, by

    Gee, thought you needed a heart in order to have Atrial fibrillation. And we all know Rethuglicans are heartless.

    October 3, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    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...

    October 3, 2007 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. Jo, ATL GA

    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.

    October 3, 2007 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. therealist

    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..

    October 3, 2007 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Mike WI

    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...

    October 3, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Rurik, St. Paul, MN

    Yay! Another scurrilous, career Republican is stepping aside. Maybe there's hope for America yet!

    October 3, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. PAT, HUntington, ny

    CNN removes posts...they removed mine...stop posting to CNN.

    October 3, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. C.H. Duprey from Wolf Trap, Va.

    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.

    October 3, 2007 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. laurinda,ny

    I Do Like This Man. He is a decent person and I hope he will be okay.

    October 3, 2007 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |