February 12th, 2010
07:33 AM ET
5 years ago

Clinton leaves hospital after heart procedure

Former President Bill Clinton's cardiologist, Dr. Allan Schwartz, detailed the president's condition Thursday night.
Former President Bill Clinton's cardiologist, Dr. Allan Schwartz, detailed the president's condition Thursday night.

New York (CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton left the hospital Friday morning after doctors performed a procedure to restore blood flow in one of his coronary arteries, longtime friend Terry McAuliffe told CNN.

Clinton, 63, was hospitalized at New York-Presbyterian Hospital's Columbia campus after experiencing brief periods of discomfort in his chest over several days, according to Dr. Allan Schwartz, the hospital's chief of cardiology.

Two stents were used to restore blood flow to a coronary artery Thursday after images revealed that a bypass graft - part of a quadruple bypass surgery that Clinton underwent in 2004 - was blocked, Schwartz said.

An electrocardiogram and a blood test showed no evidence of a heart attack, Schwartz said.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Richie

    Godspeed, Mr. President.

    February 12, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. Scott, Tucson

    Bill needs to watch those stents, I had a good friend developed an infection from one and died within a couple of days back in November.

    February 12, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  3. freda

    President Clinton, may you be blessed with a full and speedy recovery. Thanks for all you've done and all you do. God Bless!

    February 12, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Good to hear Pres. Clinton is doing well. He is a tough guy after all Huh.

    February 12, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |