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. Anonymous

    "And as far the man in Tennessee who says Barack Obama is the worst President we have ever had in office, you think about that line. Is he or is it because he is a black man in the White House which is something that has never been done in history and guess what he's there until 2016."

    Right. It has nothing to do with his performance (or lack thereof). It's all about the fact that he's a black man (or half black). Other than that one thing, he's God's gift to this country and mankind at large. But because people are defined entirely by pigmentation, the miracles he has wrought are immaterial.

    August 6, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Trotsky

    Hopefully he dies in the most painful way possible.

    August 6, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  3. Name all

    How about cocaine use?????

    August 6, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  4. Mark

    Who cares; Not I...He is and was a horrible president and human being...

    August 6, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. maria lopez

    Is George Bush a war criminal?

    August 6, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. deathangel

    Desperate attempts to keepthis warcriminal alive willbe futile.
    Your days are out numbers prepare to go , Hell is waiting ,

    August 6, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  7. Kinard

    Didn't know he had a heart. Oh, my mistake, he's the one with no brain.

    August 6, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  8. Grahame Rhodes

    Yes wonderful! But we will never forget the 40,000 Armed Service personnel who this idiot sent to their deaths or are maimed for life plus the heartache and sorrow this this excuse for a human being caused to so many families in a war that was totally unnecessary so that he could take the credit for something. The man is not a human being at all but a parasite......

    August 6, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  9. Kenny

    Too much Iraqi oil pumping through those veins.

    August 6, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Ehsan

    Ooops an accident happened.. the ex President decided to see god....bye bye baby killer

    August 6, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Kenny

    Too much oil pumping through those veins

    August 6, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Steveo wrote

    I appreciate your answer but the Congress controls the economy, not the president. You mentioned the veto but said nothing about the ability of the Congress to over ride that veto! We cannot "honestly" blame a president and turn around and credit another when the ONLY constant is the Congress! I fully understand presidents "sets the tone"

    I was hoping of an answer devoid of a political slant! Anyway, if Congress had to votes to override a veto, it wouldn't matter if Clinton stood up to them or not! The honest answer is Clinton did not leave a surplus, the Congress did! Bush did not leave a recession, the Congress did! Is "animal house" your attempt at a serious conversation?

    Question Rudy: Who do you blame for the current economy, the president or the Congress? Yes, this is a trap question because when things were bad under a GOP president, you blame the GOP president. But when things are bad under a Dem president, what then?
    I blame the misguided economic policies that got us into this mess. The legislative branch was controlled by Republicans for more than a decade, and implemented the bidding of a Republican president for six years straight. You asked a question that had a political slant, "why blame Bush." Because it was Bush's policies.

    Saying that the Congress can override a veto is pure nonsense because that is not what happened. Bush proudly endorsed the tax cuts with his signature. Bush created an entire industry of insurance middlemen with his "reforms" to Medicare. He proudly signed that into law, too.

    While the Great Recession officially began in 2007, there were signs of it as early as 2006 and late 2005 when construction suddenly slowed. There was a dramatic drop in new construction in the private sector. There has historically been a two year lag between the pace of construction and the pace of the economy. I've been in construction for four decades and have seen it happen enough times time and again.

    Conservatives like to point at the clock, while failing to acknowledge that the FY2007 budget was written and passed by Republicans. The federal fiscal year begins on Oct.1, not Jan. 1. It's like Republicans were running the kitchen when a shift change came along. The Democrat punches in, looks in the oven, inds a totally burnt cake, and is blamed for it by the Republican who just left the kitchen. "You were here when it happened." No, you put the cake in the oven and forgot about it.

    August 6, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  13. Bo

    How different this world would be if GW*s brain blockage had been found earlier.
    I always thought something must be wrong with him! War criminal, let him have a painful recovery
    and live very long in misery.

    August 6, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. zzzzzman

    I don't normally post comments but after reading some of the remarks I feel I should sound off. To those of you, who IQ's must be that of a knat. No wonder this country is in the mess it is in. We have no one to blame but us. Mr. President I and those of us that are educated wish you well, THIS TOO SHALL PASS.

    August 6, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Bill Cleary

    Wow...Ruth is one of those folks who think that if you disagree with our currennt president you're a racist. I guess when you disagree with Hillary you must be a misogynist–political correctness has certainly eliminated the need to do critical thinking...our citizenry really has been " dumbed down."

    August 6, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Charlie

    I dont care if you like the president or not, its a human being. Im not a fan of Obama, but I am not going to wish him ill health or pray for his death. If he gets ill, I hope he has a speedy recovery, as any sane, mature human should wish.

    August 6, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. Mercury

    While it is not in the least surprising that a Republican would develop a blockage in his heart, in W's particular case, i would certainly expect the blockage to have been found in his brain.

    August 6, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. Francisco Islas

    Dubya! Sure do miss him! Hope all goes wel with him!

    August 6, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Rogue351

    Who cares. Really who cares. This man along with his side kick Cheney nearly destroyed American. History will not be kind to Bush or Cheney and it should not be. He is no longer in office. He is collecting benefits from our tax dollars for a terrible job. He will continue to get free healthcare for life. Which by definition of the GOP no American should have. So, I personally could care less about Bush, Cheney or Rice. They are just adding to the national debt. Do as I say not as I do is the moral of the story for the GOP.

    August 6, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. jay

    Oh sure... Now Bush wants to use Obamacare

    August 6, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Steveo


    You keep ignoring the fact that the housing bubble, when it popped it helped take down the economy (Frank and Dodd, were DEMS). Neither one of them did anything to reel in FANNIE MAE or FREDDY MAC. That started under a Dem president, and blew up under a GOP president! Wall street was also a major player, as was 9-11. Truth is the problem was not just caused by the red side or the blue side. It was cause by purple! THAT would be the truth.

    August 6, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Winston Smith

    Gotta love the boot lick, butt kissing remarks posted. This cretin didn't care if the rest of you starved, yet there are those that claim that their (higher I.Q.) keeps them from posting what they know and feel. Get a grip. Behind closed doors, he sold you, and did so at bargain prices. Sympathy, is pathetic when doled out like candy.

    August 6, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. Jessie M.

    I can't believe all of the hateful comments on this article. He's a human being and was the executive leader of our country, have some respect.

    August 6, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. abby1

    I may not have agreed with all of his policies, however, I do wish him a speedy recovery.

    August 6, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Adam

    he needed a brain stent because that's what is truly blocked.

    August 6, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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