August 6th, 2013
09:37 AM ET
1 year ago

Bush undergoes heart procedure

(CNN) – Former President George W. Bush, 67, underwent a procedure Tuesday morning to have a stent placed in his heart one day after a blockage was discovered in an artery, according to a statement from his office.

In the statement released by Bush's spokesman, the procedure was "performed successfully," without complication, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

"President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday. He is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him," the statement read.

The blockage was found during Bush's annual physical examination at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas on Monday.

"He thanks his family, friends, and fellow citizens for their prayers and well wishes. And he encourages us all to get our regular check-ups," the statement continued.

The 43rd president was known for having relatively good health during his tenure at the White House. For exercise, he was an active runner and frequently rode his mountain bike.

According to his 2006 annual exam, his medical history at the time showed no signs of hypertension or stroke, and he had 'low' to 'very low' coronary artery disease risk profile with a favorable family medical history and absence of modifiable risk factors.

The report also stated he had "minimal/mild" coronary artery calcification, a fairly common sign of early artery disease in which the lining of aortic wall becomes inflamed and plaque starts to build up over time. Calcium deposits begin to form in the artery wall.

Bush's statement Tuesday did not release details on whether his artery blockage was related to his past medical history.

Also, the White House announced in August 2007 that Bush was treated the year prior for Lyme disease. A White House spokesman at the time told CNN that it is "not uncommon" for Bush to get tick bites during his bike rides.

Lyme disease can be transmitted through the bite of a tick that carries the disease. The problem had been resolved, with no re-occurrence and no other symptoms, the White House said six years ago.

His 2007 physical exam also reported bouts of mild vertigo, but it did not interfere with his work.


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soundoff (527 Responses)
  1. Bill

    GW Bush will one day be viewed as one of the best presidents in history.

    August 6, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. bellaterra66

    He has a heart??!!

    August 6, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  3. Repub insanity

    Must be nice to be able to go to the doctor on th taxpayers dime... Meanwhile conservatives in the house want poor and middle class Americans to croak in he streets as they attempt to cut funding for food stamps and universal healthcare

    August 6, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    GW Bush will one day be known as the worst President ever.

    August 6, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. Jackie

    President Bush will get the best health care the US has to offer at the taxpayers expense. Just think of the cost paid out in health care by the taxpayers for Daddy Bush and his son. No wonder our taxes are so high the wealthy and the elected lawmakers live off of regular hard working Americans and new Republicans want more, The road a head for GW is one he made for himself.

    August 6, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. Repub insanity

    Worst president in American history

    August 6, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -Silly liberals

    And here come all of the nasty liberals out to make heart comments. You people are truly sad and divisive. Is there anything you do other than hate?
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    Another conservative with an offensive tag whining about the tone of the conversation. Its ironic that the people who have made a cottage industry out of hating President Obama complaining about a lack of civility. I've seen liberals conservatives, and self-proclaimed independents on here acting with a gross lack of respectfor both the former and current occupants of the WH: can any of you put it aside for a moment?

    August 6, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. OK

    Regarding checkups, an annual (routine) physical, including immunizations, will cost between $200 – $500 without insurance. Some insurance plans premiums cost this much PER MONTH for health insurance, which may, or may not cover 100% of that visit. Health insurance, like every other type of insurance, is designed to be profitable for insurance companies. So do the math, put aside a couple of dollars a day, and you can have your annual physical.

    -–
    Put aside a couple of dollars a day? I can tell you from personal experience that the blood work alone done in a thorough physical costs more than that. Then, what are you supposed to do when they find something wrong, as they did in Mr Bush's case.? The tests that would be ordered first to find a heart blockage and then repair it (an echocardiogram, and a heart catheterization) are going to run $25,000 or more. That's what it cost me 8 years ago. It's going to take a whole lot more than a few dollars a day.

    August 6, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. ryan

    i never refered to this idiot as 'President' and I never will – my president's are actually voted into office, not supplanted by a corrupt Supreme Court. this man was a war criminal who drove our country into the ground for profit with the help of his corporate cronies. he's responsible for hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths and the utter destruction of the middle-east. and let's not forget the Patriot Act, which has effectively gutted the Constitution, rendering us an impotent police state. i wish him nothing but what his karma deserves....and i gotta tell you....that ain't pretty.

    August 6, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. smith

    Good Luck GWB. Your the american badass and all these libs are just jealous of your awesomeness..lol..Get well soon.

    August 6, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. usn-ret

    My wife has three stents and I have one. Procedure is a walk in the park !

    August 6, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  12. Malory Archer

    Bill

    GW Bush will one day be viewed as one of the best presidents in history.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    aaaahhhh ha ha ha ha! Dude – you really need to warn people before you write something like that! I was raising my coffee cup to my lips and barely managed to avoid choking due to my laughter!

    August 6, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. Malory Archer

    smith

    Good Luck GWB. Your the american badass and all these libs are just jealous of your awesomeness..lol..

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You're right smith – that IS laughable!

    August 6, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  14. Matt P

    Wow I am appalled at the idiotic negativity in this comment thread. Why do we say such hateful things to a man that had a medical issue? Do all of you just LOOK for a reason to fire on a conservative when his name is even brought up in a sentence? I'm not a republican but it's shameful that I have to see this when poor W could've died possibly if he didn't receive any medical assistance. I personally wish the best for George W. Bush and hope he has a full recovery. I never wish hurt or death upon anyone.

    August 6, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Malory Archer:
    Continue FIXING the rightwing ramblings.
    Outstanding job!
    You're ON FIRE and we're all "listening"!!
    Keep it up!

    August 6, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. YUCK

    He should be going to jail for war crimes and killing the innocents.

    August 6, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. buckeye

    His approval ratings are going up while obama's are going down. Love it!

    August 6, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  18. S.Myers

    It was the terrorists who turned him onto fatty foods.

    August 6, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. rob

    Too bad they were able to treat that bigot in time to save his life. Hopefully he'll soon be going back to hell where he came from and where he belongs.

    August 6, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Independent

    MIke

    Is Geroge happy to have 100% tax-payer funded healt care for life... after only 8 years on the job with very poor performance évaluations?

    To the millions of hard working Americans with no or inadequate health insurance... sucks to be you!
    _____________
    Only 8 years??? Get a clue, the man worked his entire life in government, he was not just president, he held many other positions!!! To all you haters crying about health care, get a job that provides health care like the rest of us!!! It is not fun working for big companies that provide it but it is better then not having it!!! There are tons of customer service jobs out there that provide FULL benefits so take advantage, you have to start somewhere, you can always move up the ladder if you are hard working, I have seen it throughout my career working for a large corporation.

    I am for univeral health care, but it needs to be for EVERYONE if we are going to have univeral care it should be TRUE universal care!!! Obamacare is NOT universal care hence why I don't support it. If we are going to have universal care we need to do it right, something similar to Canada or some of Europe maybe but what we have now is just a mess!!!

    August 6, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Name

    The worst president ever is already in office.

    August 6, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Steves

    Yes! Take your anger out on another human, let alone a former president of the United States. That'll show 'em!

    August 6, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. buckeye

    Hey, Jackie – since YOUR president has been in office, gas, food AND medical costs have skyrocketed! WORST PRESIDENT EVER!

    August 6, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Sarah

    Interesting how Cheney and Bush have heart problems when it seems that never had one.

    August 6, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. DOG1

    Where did they put it anyway?

    August 6, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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