[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/13/art.olson0313.gi.jpg caption="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.