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. Data Driven

    Why are conservatives so angry all the time? Ironically, anger has been shown to be bad for the heart.

    August 6, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "Not everyone can afford their regular check-ups."

    Indeed, Lynda...however, according to the GOP/Teatrolls, not everyone "deserves" one either.

    August 6, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. Malory Archer


    Hater Demo-rats


    Right, because your ilk is nothing but sweetness and light when it's a dem with a medical issue.

    August 6, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  4. Independent

    Data Driven

    Why are conservatives so angry all the time? Ironically, anger has been shown to be bad for the heart.
    Are you kidding me??? Have you read the comments for your liberal buddies?? And I am not conservative by any means so looking from the outside you are the ones that look angry and hateful!!!

    August 6, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Malory Archer


    Just remember that Bush's approval rating is higher than Obama's right now.



    Yeah, and considering they were nearing single digits prior to his leaving the WH, we can expect President Obama's approval numbers to be in the high 80s by 2021. Just sayin'.

    August 6, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. g

    his biggest mistake was cheney

    August 6, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. Uncle Sam

    Some have even been known to stay angry at conservatives.
    That can't be good for the heart.

    August 6, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Independent


    I am a democrat ... ..I wish you the best of health in the years to come Mr Bush
    Thank you Maria, it is good to see some decent democrats!

    August 6, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Hogarth

    I love the oh-so authentic language of the official statement. As if he said anything of the sort.

    August 6, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. gwats1957

    He actually has a HEART? I thought Dick Cheney stole it as he left office!

    August 6, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Ray Charles

    GEORGIE, GEORGIE where has the time went
    good luck with that new stent
    Keeps you GEORGIE on my mind ...
    Tell Laura I love her....and miss our kids

    August 6, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. hgflyer

    For all the health insurance critics out there...

    Being the President of the United States, regardless of who you are, is the most difficult job in the world, and I don't understand why anyone has such an issue paying for the healthcare of 5 current/former presidents for the rest of their lives.

    Regarding checkups, an annual (routine) physical, including immunizations, will cost between $200 – $500 without insurance. Some insurance plans premiums cost this much PER MONTH for health insurance, which may, or may not cover 100% of that visit. Health insurance, like every other type of insurance, is designed to be profitable for insurance companies. So do the math, put aside a couple of dollars a day, and you can have your annual physical.

    August 6, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Matthew Dunnyveg

    Bush was hellbent on cramming as many immigrants into this country as possible to drive down wages for working people–the very people he was supposed to be representing. I'm surprised he has a heart.

    August 6, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. Owl Creek Observer

    I see the lefty haters are out in force this morning, to no one's surprise. I'm always amused that those who constantly congratulate each other about their so-called "tolerance" for all groups, are first in line to attack a good and decent man like GWB. How pathetic.

    August 6, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Independent


    We're praying for you Mr. Bush. The everyday person can't imagine the stress that some one goes through while the POTUS. Decisions must be made daily that can effect every single person in this country and with that comes a great deal of responsibility. I believe that you always made the decision you felt was in the best interest for this country and thank you for your service. Hope you have a speedy recovery.
    Very well written comment, I second it!!

    August 6, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Malory Archer

    Uncle Sam, the last five years have proven that some have even been known to get angry at Democrats prior to their inaugration. In fact, before they even have a chance to announce their candidacy!
    That really can't be good for the heart.

    August 6, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  17. Malory Archer


    he was the worst president ever...a REAL bozo who stood by like a deer in the headlights while the country was under attack, then stomped around on the bodies buried in the wreckage while whooping it up through a bullhorn like he was back in his college cheerleader days......8 yrs of lies, speeches, deceit and wholesale destruction of the nation...and nobody on the right said squat about it. BHO blamed bush for the recession because it started UNDER HIS WATCH, and no matter how many times you repeat the lie that it's President Obama's fault, normal intelligent people KNOW you're lying.



    August 6, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. Independent


    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.
    I whole heartedly agree, I stopped voting for either party as well!!! I think the problem with our political system is the 2 parties, do away with both parties and have a person run on thier values ONLY!!! This would fix a lot of what is wrong with our government, maybe not all but a lot!

    August 6, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. Lenny Pincus

    I'm curious why someone would describe George W. Bush as good and decent. An honest question.

    August 6, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. matt houston

    We need you to stay alive so America can put you on trial for treason and war crimes. Don't die.

    August 6, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. JamVee

    I wish him nothing but good luck and a speedy recovery!

    And, for all you Bush haters who have voiced your bile and repulsively evil thoughts here, . . . I wish you exactly the opposite!

    August 6, 2013 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Scott Cisney

    I doubt anyone can answer this...but the only way to find a blockage needing a stint (or other procedures) is by doing an angegram (I probably spelled that wrong). You know, putting the wire into the femoral artery and going into the heart to determine a blockage. So, with no symptoms, on an ordinary person, they wouldn't go an angeogram, I know, I have a family history of early heart disease,and they wait for a heart attack to perform this diagnostic test. I went in and paid for an ACCUSCAN of my heart to put my mind at ease (I'm over 50), and everything looked...great, I got a "zero calcium score", nothing, all clean. This is the next best test. So I'm guessing Mr. Bush's physicians are skipping the protocol that the rest of us live under and he got an angeogram and then a stent. A person usually gets a stent after a heart attack or because they suspect a heart attack and check for blockages. Anyway, I wish him the best, I'm sure he'll be fine. I'm a bit worried for the rest of us though....

    August 6, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Malory Archer

    Owl Creek Observer

    I see the righty haters are out in force this morning, to no one's surprise. I'm always amused that those who call themselves "christians" are so quick to accuse others of intolerance when their intolerance for for all groups that aren't exactly like them is called onto the carpet, and are first in line to attack a good and decent man like BHO. How pathetic.



    August 6, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Repub insanity

    It's nice he can afford to go to the doctor... Meanwhile conservatives want poor and middle class Americans to die in the streets as they slash and burn food stamp and universal healthcare funding with their maniacal delusional ideology

    August 6, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Rosslaw

    As for health care for others, google up the Walter Reed amputee ward which received amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan to see how W. "supported the troops". If the average person found that a vet had put their dog in similar conditions, they'd deck him.

    August 6, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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