March 13th, 2009
04:58 PM ET
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Congressman recovering from heart scare

Rep. Pete Olson was outfitted with a pacemaker at a Washington hospital after fainting while working out at the House gym.
Rep. Pete Olson was outfitted with a pacemaker at a Washington hospital after fainting while working out at the House gym.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Pete Olson was “rushed” from Capitol Hill to the hospital Thursday, and doctors “equipped” him with a “dual chamber pacemaker,” the Texas Republican wrote in an e-mail to political supporters.

“While working out in the House gym, I got quite dizzy and fainted,” Olson said in the note sent Friday by his campaign committee. “After being rushed to George Washington University Hospital, it was determined that I had a condition called bradycardia, which is medical talk for a slow heart beat. Whatever they call it, it wasn't good and I don't recommend it.”

Olson added, “The docs have now equipped me with a dual chamber pacemaker to ensure my ticker doesn't pull such a stunt again. I feel fine and was ready to get back to work yesterday afternoon, but cooler heads have instructed I rest a little more.”

A cardiologist at George Washington University Hospital said that the “procedure went smoothly with no complications.”

“This is a common, often asymptomatic, condition and we expect the Congressman to resume his active lifestyle,” said Allen Solomon, cardiologist at the George Washington University Hospital and professor of Medicine.

The congressman is expected to return to work next week, the hospital said in the statement.


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  1. Karen

    Rest and get well soon!

    March 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Ellie

    Our prayers are with you and your family Senator, GET WELL SOON!

    March 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. Julia

    Not a fan of the GOP, but definitely a fan of humanity. Glad Pete is back and feeling better.

    March 13, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. patNY

    a heart? as opposed to a large black oily substance in his chest?

    March 13, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. Dana

    How much would this procedure cost and how much would a typical congressman have to pay?

    March 13, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. GoOBAMA!

    Boy, it sounds like he got "fixed up" right quick! He must have great Healthcare Ins.... that SO many American families could only dream & wish we had right now!

    March 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Jackalope

    All this excellent healthcare won't cost him a penny, because as a congressman, (Republican) he enjoys the benefits of a socialized health care system. I'm envious. As long as I'm already paying for it, how can I get included?

    March 13, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. John Pa

    Good thing he has health insurance.

    March 13, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Richie

    What's with all the quotation marks in the first paragraph. Was he rushed slowly? Was he illequipped? What's up with this writing?

    March 13, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. tim

    why is "rushed" in quotes? was he really not rushed ?

    March 13, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Dan, TX

    Thank goodness he's ok. Thank goodness for government-sponsored research that was critical for the diagnosis and cure.

    March 13, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. vette78man

    A Republican with a heart. Who knew?

    March 13, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. worriedmom

    @David S. Robins. He is a human being, stop being so petty on Republicans, democrats, Liberals. You are disgusting! You must not have any friends as cruel as you are. Hope you find some to soften your heart!

    March 13, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Watchful Cowboy

    Always wonder when the bashing will end and the encourage of each other will begin.

    March 13, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Doug from OH

    David S. Robins March 13th, 2009 3:31 pm ET

    He's a Republican. They should have let him die.
    ___________________________________________

    You're a mean, hateful, racist, and homophobic person.

    March 13, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. RedWhiteBlue

    we are glad everything went well, and you are feeling fine sir. now please remember those who haven't such options, and are fighting so you can live in a free country, and your fellow congress that don't pay their taxes, which if likely they did pay there taxes, usa would have no deficit.

    March 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. NClaw441

    David S. Robins said: "He's a Republican. They should have let him die." I have a question about CNN's Comment Policy. If this sort of comment is allowed to be posted, what sort of comments are excluded? It seems like almost all of my comments are made to "await moderation," but I have never said anything even approaching this sort of hate-filled comment. CNN, are your moderators watching basketball??

    March 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Brian Crooks

    David S. Robins, you should be ashamed of yourself. I'm as liberal as they come, but I don't wish death on anyone. I suspect you're a conservative hack just trying to stir up support and make liberals look heartless. What a jerk. Liberals want health care for EVERYONE, not just Democrats.

    March 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Jim

    Ref: Robbins, 3:31 pm

    You must be a Democrat, what a "low life" thing to say about another human being........shame on you!

    March 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Why can every American have the same type of health care

    March 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. Matt B

    I want to know how cnn moderates comments. I am someone who is critical of the Obama administration so I have only 1 in 10 comments posted. Yet, someone says "He's a Republican. They should have let hm die" and they post that. I know cnn is as biased as they come but this is a disgrace.

    March 13, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. JR

    Ref: Robbins, 3:31 pm

    You must be a Democrat, what a "low life" thing to say about another human being........shame on you!

    March 13, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Justin from New Haven, CT

    Is Rush going to Rename the Kennedy Memorial Bill now?

    March 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Fed up

    David S. Robins must be a Democrat. They're big on killing things – like unborn children. CNN – why don't you block that kind of hateful comment? Or is it okay if it is about Republicans?

    March 13, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. H Martin

    Whether he is a republican or democrat is beside the point. Get a clue people. Grow up. Get well soon. Speedy recovery! Let's get where we need to be as a society and get everyone the coverage needed to get fixed up with good healthcare.

    March 13, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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