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. Wake up People!

    Come on people, as bad as Bush was, and he was bad, please don't wish the man dead. I was always told, if you wish something bad on someone, it will happen to someone you love.

    I understand many may love him and many may loathe him but to wish death on anyone is reprehensible.

    August 6, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  2. Don

    Being a President is difficult work. Everyone hates you for some decision you make. I believe our Presidents have done a pretty good job overall. Still a great country. I hope Bush and Obama and everyone else has a long and productive and meaningful life. RUSH and MADDOW are not news sources.

    August 6, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. Organic1

    Sometimes medical advancements just blows.

    August 6, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. ahnlu

    Ahh.. the "kind and compassionate" left is once again showing their true colors in these comments..

    August 6, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. MB

    Most of you people are sick. I didn't like W at all, but wishing ill upon someone else is just wrong.

    August 6, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  6. mainesrd

    The compassion of liberals is just overwhelming. Get well soon President Bush!

    August 6, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Beth

    We assume that the former president's treatment did not include any advances made as a result of, or in any way related to, stem cell research. Of course he would have chosen not to benefit from same, since his administration made that same choice for the greater good of all Americans. At any rate, it seems as if socialized medicine is working for him.

    August 6, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. bajadelmar

    Coming to the realization that most of your countrymen think of you as a war criminal does cause a lot of stress. Serves him right.

    August 6, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. Jason

    This is really news! previously it was believed that only his brain was blocked

    August 6, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. ireuel

    The comments on this site are proof most here are, _______. Fill in the blank. I would but it would be rejected in the monitoring process. One thing is for sure none here has or will ever be President. They could be one of two things. A public employee or one of the millions that can only find a part time job.

    August 6, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. kirk

    Die slow Mr.president.and enjoy all the pain.I know we did.nothing is too harsh for this monster. He sent young men and women to die.not for a real purpose but money.a lot of it I might add.nearly five thousand dead and tens of thousands maimed.heck of a guy.quite the patriot too.

    August 6, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Eric

    I believe W acted with the best intentions for the country as president. I think Obama does the same. These calls for W's head tell me that people have done little to understand the other side of the political isle and hate a man because he believes differently. Nation building is not an exact science. Everyone has an opinion which they believe will shape the country in the best possible way. Someone has to lead. There has never been a perfect leader. I will never believe George Bush went to war just to say he did something as president as was suggested above. I know this post will be quickly either set aside because of the lack of hyperbole and rhetoric. But it is more true than 99% of other statements above. Let's give each other a little credit and have honest debates without demonizing the other side. I for one and so sick of it–and it is so predictable.

    August 6, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. mercfan

    I agree with Charlie, I was probably one of W's biggest detractors, but I wouldn't wish him ill health or for him to die. Both of my kids grew up without knowing either of their grandfathers. I wouldn't wish that on anyone else.

    I believe if you harbor negative feelings for others that Karma has a way of paying that back.

    August 6, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  14. Yakimo

    I wish the former President George W. BUSH all the best in recovering from his Heart Procedure. I am not an American Citizen by birth or Naturalization,and i do not live in the United States of America,but i love George W. BUSH and the United States with all my heart. Bear in mind,People of this world that The President,and for that matter,no leader can make decisions to please the whole world.-' UNEASY LIES THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE CROWN' Being President of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, means taking bold initiatives to save the world.- I LOVE YOU MR. PRESIDENT !

    August 6, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. reddog9500

    Those here who wish Bush an early demise may as well forget it. With the best of care that the taxpayers will pay for he'll probably live to be 100. Plenty of time for his handlers to create a legacy for him that will change him from the idiot puppet that he is to a national hero.

    August 6, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Joe

    I wish him well and a speedy recovery. Hope he and Dick C. live to be 120. Love them both and their great families.

    August 6, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. ellid

    For the person who said that Obama was the worst President ever...does that include Millard Fillmore,who signed the Fugitive Slave Law that tore this country apart? James Buchanan, who saw the Civil War approaching and did nothing? Herbert Hoover, who let the country's financial system collapse and its people starve? Warren Harding, who presided over the most scandal-ridden administration until Nixon – and what about Nixon himself, who had to resign? Obama's worse than them? Really? REALLY?????

    August 6, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Ace

    Get well soon. Signed, your good friends the Bin Laden Family.

    August 6, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. I see you

    I hope they lock this criminal up for his WAR CRIMES as soon as he gets out of the hospital.

    August 6, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Jason

    GW Bush destroyed christinity in Iraq 7-10 million christians who thrived under saddam were annihilated, atleast makes him contempary to Hitler. Anyone who says he was a good christian deserves a place in hell right besides George

    August 6, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. that will do it

    too bad it's not that POS obama. sooner or later that lung cancer should get the POS in the white house. hopefully it's sooner.

    August 6, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. I see you

    Is this covered under Obama Care?
    I doubt it. These idiots who destroyed our country get VIP treatment. This is a crime in itself.

    August 6, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. I see you

    How about some news from CNN about the blatant abuse of the 4th Amendment that is going on since Bush was in office?

    August 6, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Vijay

    Get well soon Bush!!!

    August 6, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Hmmmm

    When a person undergoes surgery like the implant of a stent does he ponder his own mortality? I wonder if W ever thinks about the number of people who are dead because of his actions & inactions or of all the lives ruined by his failed policies and laissez-faire economics. Probably not.

    August 6, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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