February 12th, 2010
08:02 AM ET
10 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Clinton's heart history

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton's trip to a New York hospital was his second procedure since open-heart surgery in 2004. The 63-year-old, two-term president was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital after complaining of what Clinton counselor Douglas Band said was "chest discomfort."

Fact Check: What prior heart issues has Clinton had?

- Clinton had a quadruple bypass in September 2004 after doctors discovered blockages in some of the coronary arteries that feed blood to the heart. Some of those arteries were more than 90 percent blocked, surgeons said after the procedure.
- In March 2005, doctors removed fluid and scar tissue that had developed in his left chest after the bypass surgery.
- Thursday's procedure inserted two stents - tubular pieces of scaffolding that support the artery walls - to one of the former president's coronary arteries.
- Stents are used to open up arteries that have become blocked or narrowed. Dr. Jonathan Reiner, who was former Vice President Dick Cheney's cardiologist, said Clinton's symptoms suggest one of the bypass grafts performed during his open-heart surgery had become blocked - a common problem, Reiner said.
- The average hospital stay for patients having a stent implanted is two days or less, and some patients may not need to stay overnight, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Read the bottom line after the jump:

Bottom line: The procedure Clinton underwent Thursday is a common one, according to the American Heart Association. His office said the former president, now a top U.N. official for earthquake-ravaged Haiti, was "in good spirits" and expected to resume his work on Haiti soon, his office said.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Richie

    "Fact Check"? I don't get it. That is usually reserved for controversial topics. There is no doubt about Mr. Clinton's heart history. Be well, Mr. President.

    February 12, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. chris l

    cnn is fact checking clintons hospital visit? LOL, Really? CNN has really fallen in the crapper. HILARIOUS

    February 12, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. Gary

    I hope that President Clinton does okay. Although he has a somewhat immoral personal life, I think he was a decent president and has done good work since leaving the office. I wish him all the best. I wish President Obama would take a page out of Clinton's book and govern from the middle and balance the budget.

    February 12, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. Vietnam Combat Vet, Ohio

    Clinton got more coverage than the health care bill. They should show what happens to those that don't have his money or insurance! Do you honestly think any middle class citizen would have got taken care of so fast? No way. Just another story about the rich and famous. What a crock.

    February 12, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  5. EC

    WHY is CNN doing this story. This is what I HATE about the media, they love to SPIN the FACTS. President Clinton did NOT have a heart attack, but that never stops the media from spinning the facts.

    February 12, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. Richard Komi

    I wish the former president well. He has served our country well and remains active on the world stage projecting the good image of our country.

    February 12, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. Slider

    Bill and Hilary ought to pay tribute to the doctors and nurses, and all of the other healthcare professionals who attended to him.

    Bill probably owes his life to them. He also owes the people that created the technology. For their own self-interest and profit, of course.Then both of them ought to think about how his party in Congress is doing their level best to put an end to all of it.

    What Bill underwent is what countless Americans have already gone through, and did so in a timely manner.

    With no government bureaucrat mucking things up.

    February 12, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  8. Palin Schmalin

    Like him or not, I'm glad he will be here for his daughter's wedding.

    February 12, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  9. ken

    he was doing the work of two men in the haiti situation. i thought the decider was supposed to be helping. every news shot i saw of clinton in haiti showed no trace of the decider. he was as interested in helping in haiti as he was helping during hurricane katrina. just like his military career, he is mia.

    February 12, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. historian

    My very best wishes to the Clinton family – they are a true inspiration!

    February 12, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |