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. Mr. Thanatos

    Just goes to show that there is no such thing as good news.

    August 6, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. MaryM

    I do not agree with his policies, but I do wish him a speedy recovery

    August 6, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Trey

    Just love all the compassion from the "open minded, compassionate, thoughtfull progressive liberals" on here. Way to show your true colors. At least the republicans don't try to hide their hatefullness. That's the reason I'm no longer voting for either party. One is a group of hatefull people, the other is full of hatefull people who hate themselves.

    August 6, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Congratulations on your health care plan!!!!

    August 6, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. Dom

    Too bad he is not still in office. He was a great leader and man. Something we can't say about the current Commander-in-chief. I pray for the best recovery possible.

    August 6, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. Adam

    It seems most Presidents take and hold office with good health, and then fall to pieces afterwards.

    August 6, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Libdumb

    What a wonderful caring man. I will pray for him. His mission in life was to make our lives better.

    August 6, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. us_1776

    Maybe Cheney could lend him a heart. He seems to have a few spares around.


    August 6, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Mr. Hand

    Here comes the hate!!

    August 6, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. dean morse

    While the GOP works feverishly to spread lies about national health insurance, this man urges everyone to see their physician regular. Millions have no doctor to see because of high costs and do not have the coverage afforded to ex presidents, members of Congress and the Senate and anyone else who works for Uncle Sam. When everyone is afforded the benefits of government sponsored insurance coverage there will be equal treatment for all.

    August 6, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. GT

    God Bless George W. Bush!

    August 6, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Peter

    A true man and intellect would realize that his statement regarding everyone get a check up is ironic considering his opposition to healthcare reform. Maybe he should address the issue in a townhall meeting and try to defend his position of why he should have healthcare and those who cannot affored it should not.

    Regardless, get well. Signed, A loyal Democrat and Patriotic American.

    August 6, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. MIke

    Is Geroge happy to have 100% tax-payer funded healt care for life... after only 8 years on the job with very poor performance évaluations?

    To the millions of hard working Americans with no or inadequate health insurance... sucks to be you!

    August 6, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  14. readyandpacked

    G.W. has more CLASS and BRAINS in his little finger than the current man always on "campaigning mode" has in his entire body!! Glad all went well G.W. – wishing you a speedy and full recovery.

    August 6, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. LittleAztec

    Obamacare at work!!

    August 6, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Frederick Hoefle

    My 72 year old wife, who previously has had two (2) heart attacks and triple bypass surgery, recently went to the hospital for an angioplasty (stents) and was treated and released the same day. Why is it medically necessary for Bush to be confined as an inpatient for this procedure and not my 72 year old wife?

    August 6, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Don Diego

    Best wishes to a classy man. Despite all of the comments from little minds with nothing to contribute to society but negativity. Speedy recovery.

    August 6, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. George

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Mr. President.

    I know that many Republicans would not do the same for President Obama. And they have the nerve to question Democrats' love of country.

    August 6, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Goaty McCheese

    Good to hear he came through it OK. Hopefully he'll be back on his bike soon.

    August 6, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. sasss31

    Get well Mr. President!

    August 6, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. ellid

    I'm a liberal who had no use for Bush's policies, but I wish him a full recovery. Anyone who would wish otherwise should be ashamed of themselves – unlike Cheney, Bush seemed like a decent man who simply didn't do a very good job.

    August 6, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  22. s macneill

    wow so much hate we know he was the worst president ever but hey he's a human being get well soon george

    August 6, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. caralee2010

    I do wish that HIS program for healthcare had been enacted. Tax credits, open market for insurance, and addressing the liability free-for-all that is such a huge part of the skyrocketing cost. Our insurance would be more widely available, and more affordable.

    Well, get better soon, Sir. I'm glad you don't have to rely on Obamacare for your healthcare.

    August 6, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    Get well soon, sir.

    August 6, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  25. Sorkh Razil

    George W. Bush, a true American patriot, unlike the communist traitorous community organizer that currently occupies the White House.

    August 6, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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