August 6th, 2013
09:37 AM ET
10 years 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. Loggan44

    Speedy recovery so you can stand trial at the Hague for your war crimes, you sorry sack of ...well, you know. He could have prevented 9/11 if he heeded intell. But didn't. So conservatives think he is such a great guy. G.W. Bush. Liar, War Criminal, traitor to the American people. Yes, good health but quick, speedy trial at the Hague for you and Cheney. You folks that say he was a great man just make me laugh.

    August 6, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  2. Peter Q Wolfe

    How can it be thatthe Bush family are friends with the SSaudi royal family and promote religious freedom to China? Ha, only goes to show you that Bush doesn't believe in what he said he believed in. All rich people are the same just say what the masses want to hear. Yes, everything is fine with upward mobility down, health-care outcomes failing and corrupt government working for the people right...

    August 6, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. JJ

    Reading all the negative things here; what goes around comes around folks.
    The guy, whatever you thought of him was "for" America.
    Give it a rest and pray it's NOT you next.....

    August 6, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. papanez

    No w fan here, but I do wish him well. And LR, history will note his numerous faults and buffoonery. The ill-conceived war with Iraq, the squandering of a surplus and the makings of the great recession, and on and on. He did show compassion with his work against the AIDS issues in Africa. Otherwise, a frightening and awful 8 years.

    August 6, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. Brad

    If he had no signs of arterial calcification, then how did this block occur? I'd also be concerned about the vertigo, even if it is mild.

    Hoping for a speedy recovery.

    August 6, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. SmartPotato

    Shocker. Not the stent. The part about having heart.

    August 6, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. kirk

    Chris. Signed to law tax breaks for the rich. Lied to congress to start a war: where thousand died. All for the almighty dollar. Did you catch his tax evasion seminar during election? 10k a plate. How to offshore money to avoid paying us taxes.great guy!;

    August 6, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Kelly G.

    What a shame that just one procedure couldn't fail when it is deserved more.

    August 6, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Wake up People!

    Courage under fire during 9/11??? Really?? Wasn't he reading while we were being attacked?? Did he not stand under a Mission Accomplished sign when not a thing had been accomplished?? Did he not say it wasn't worth moving heaven or earth to get Bin Laden?? Did he not ignore Intel about the attacks?? And last but not least did he and his crew not lie us into two wars, crash the economy and make him and Cheney even wealthier???

    I wish the man no ill will but please stop the lies.

    August 6, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. hgflyer

    @MC: That's why I said "LOW COST" coverage. There are low cost options available out there. No need for name calling.

    August 6, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Alpha Deus

    Bush and Cheney had heart problems?...yeah..neither of them ever used them when they were in office..killing people without any care whatsoever, just to feed their buddies in the defense industry

    August 6, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. jshous

    We wish him God speed, a quick recovery and a healthy retirement.

    For all my fellow former Bush-haters...get over it.
    He's retired now, he's deserves the respect due any former President.

    August 6, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  13. Karen

    Wonder what his deductible and co-pay were. Wonder if he had to get pre-approved by some insurance clown to have the procedure?

    August 6, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  14. jshous

    We wish him God speed, a quick recovery and a healthy retirement.

    For all those who, like me, tended to be his detractors during his term...We need to get over it.
    He's retired now and he deserves the respect due any former President.

    August 6, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Susie

    Get well soon!

    August 6, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. kirk

    Do yourself a favor watch gas land.Cheney derugulated natural gas as to exploit a technic call;ed fracking haliburton said there was nothing wrong with the neighbors drinking water even though you could light it on fire. Keep voting gop and we will keep getting screwed. The meltdown if the economy might be a good place to start Chris. We could go on all day telling what that evil man did to us for a Buck. But you don't want the truth you want to hate. And the gop loves you for it. People to stubborn or stupid to do the research make us all lay the price. Thanks fool

    August 6, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. Curlee

    I'm not a GWB fan, but I still wish him quick, full recovery. It's astonishing to see all the political posts on either side who cannot wish GWB well, or who would not do the same for BO if he had the surgery. Too much hatred everywhere, it's awful.

    But what is more important about GWB's surgery is that it turns everything upside down about what we think we know about exercising and eating healthy. GWB did both regularly and still had artery blockage. . .

    August 6, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Steveo wrote:

    I have a question. What branch of government actually controls the economy? The correct answer would be the Legislative Branch! So why then do we credit Clinton for a surplus, when it was the Congress? Why do we blame Bush for a recession, when it was the Congress?
    Bush is blamed because it was the policy that he had campaigned on. It was Bush who gave a speech where he apologized to the nation for what he was about to do, which was to turn a surplus into a deficit for "long term economic growth". Yes, the Congress may have written and passed the bills, but Bush had fully endorsed the tax cuts and signed them into law. He had veto power, but didn't use it. Did he?

    For similar reasons, Clinton is given credit for having stood up to the Gingrich House. Clinton fought off the austerity cuts that the animal house wanted to enact. The severe cuts would have surely slowed, if not stalled, the economy, which is exactly what is happening now with the sequestered cuts. The economic engine has had a cylinder turned off, which is unsustainable.

    August 6, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Independent

    GI Joe

    After some of the stuff some of you have said about President Obama, I wish you wouldn't chastise others for doing the same back at a republican

    I'm old, but I don't forget who said what and most of the time when they said it.
    I have never once seen someone wish Obama dead!!!!! I have seen numerous poster on here say that of GW!!!! Conservative may wish he was impeached but that is FAR from wishing him dead!!!! One poster did say they have seen posts wishing him dead so I am not saying it has not happened but I know it has not happened to the level of what we are seeing in this blog!!!! And I read these blogs daily so I have read a lot of them!!! It is VERY clear that liberals hate and in fact someone said it previously on here, liberals hate the person, repubs hate a person policies, VERY DIFFERENT!!!! Personally I hate both parties policies as they are too narrow one way, we need to use a mix of both!!!

    August 6, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. Joe

    Yeah but look at the picture up top. When I looked this good I had to get on a plane and go half-way around the world to get shot at because my daddy didn't have the clout to get me out of the draft.

    August 6, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. ME

    Malory Archer


    The bulk of these comments are made by knee-jerk letters who don't think before opening their mouths. 'I thought he didn't have a heart' – 'Worst President ever' – 'war criminal': Truth hurts doesn't it?

    who are we, any of us, to judge?: "We" are the people left to deal with the fallout from his eight-year reign of error.

    Do you think you're a saint, who has marched through life never doing anything to hurt anyone?: I'm no saint, but I've never committed war crimes, bankrupting the country in the name of further enriching my already wealthy friends.

    These comments display a sorry, sorry, sorry lack of historical knowledge – 'worst ever' – Since your happy yo say, ever here of Jimmy Carter, LBJ, those are the modern era – we aren't even talking the 'old school' pre-WWII Presidents.: Neither LBJ nor Carter dragged the nation to the edge of a cliff and threatend to push us off while alienating every other nation on the planet. In fact, every Dem President combined didn't damage the United States the way the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue did.

    The truth hurts, max, but it is what it is.
    Sorry Malory NONE of that is the TRUTH it is YOUR opinion and a few others, in fact polls are show that you and others like you are dwindling!!!!! People are starting to see the truth Obama's approval rating is going down the drain!!! Take off the partisan blinders!!!!

    August 6, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  22. Doug

    jshous, that's very cute. Jimmy Carter's name is never smeared even though he's alive and 33 years post presidency.

    August 6, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. bob baden

    Sorry but I'm shocked at how many writers here are describing W as a great man and a great president. Honorable seems to be another word thrown around. Ah, let's see Valarie Flame, WMD, of course "Mission Accomplished", Katrina, Gay rights, and the recession to name BUT A FEW. A FEW. I mean the man no physical harm, I hope he recovers-he's a human after all. But referring to him as a great leader is like referring to the Etcha Sketch as an advancement in art.

    August 6, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Anonymous

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

    Not hardly. The diagnostics necessary to discover vascular occlusion are absolutely not part of the annual physical examination being referenced. He very likely underwent the tests and subsequent stint procedure because of symptomatic complaint, ie angina, dizziness, etc.

    August 6, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. toby

    I'm sure the american tax payers paid for that surgery.

    August 6, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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