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. Me


    Jerry wrote: "God speed Mr President. We miss you."

    No, we don't.
    Yes we do after seeing the destructive policies of the current administration!!!!

    August 6, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. Ron L

    My only comment for this is, there are thousands of Americans with the same condition. Unfortunately a large number of them will die from a heart attack simply because they can't afford a good health care plan. It's a good thing they caught President Bushes condition in time. It's a sad thing so many Americans will die from the same symptom's because of their economic situation. This is why we as a nation need to get some type of AFFORDABLE health care system that is not TIED to your employer. We have a long way to go......

    August 6, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  3. Empress

    Jim 8...
    They already have . Just take a look at Bushie's presidential library all the films of propaganda to make Bush look good in the eyes of the world. The Bushie Administration have already rewritten history in the way the Iraq war went all in his favor. Just imagine how our generations after us will believe all his propaganda and lies and deceit.

    August 6, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. takebackUS

    You can say what you want about GW but he was a far cry better than the clown we have now. We have gone so far backwards it's almost like "Jiommy Carter, part 2"

    August 6, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "...So do the math, put aside a couple of dollars a day, and you can have your annual physical..."

    And when the annual physical goes wrong such as what happened with Mr. Bush, then what? Send folks home singing Que Sera Sera?

    August 6, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. hgflyer

    OK: (1) Avg. cost for full round of vaccines, plus doctor visit: $200 (Note: In some states, vaccines are free, so make sure you're not paying too much)
    (2) Avg. cost for FULL blood work: $350
    (3) Avg. cost for doctor: $200

    So I was off by a little bit. Set aside $50/month, and you should have no problems covering the cost of a ROUTINE physical, and that's a hell of a lot better than paying an insurance company $250/month. I never said anything about if they find something wrong. If you're worried about that, maybe you can look into some sort of catastrophic coverage at a low price.

    August 6, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Jim

    Didn't like him as a president. I am glad they didn't find any WMD's during the angiogram.

    I hope he fully recovers to lead a long healthy life, see's his grandchildren grow and all the other things normal Americans hope for

    August 6, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. GI Joe

    I disagreed with his decision for VP and his decision for Iraq. BUT..........................

    I hope he has a full recovery.

    August 6, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. FEF

    Bush's fault

    August 6, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. jim

    he has a heart?

    August 6, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Teddyg

    Wow, he was wearing a cap with a Yahoo logo way back when! Who knew?

    August 6, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  12. A True Conservative

    Mike – you are expecting too much from the left. They have no class. The funny thing is that they don't even realize that they have no class.

    August 6, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Dbmedia

    Unbelievable hatred spewing on this thread...haters will hate...

    August 6, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. maximus

    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' – who are we, any of us, to judge? Do you think you're a saint, who has marched through life never doing anything to hurt anyone? 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. Get a grip!

    August 6, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Me


    Hi're appalled? You mean like most of us are appalled at the treatment of our sitting President. Join the club. The hatred spewed on Obama is unprecedented. Though I am not a fan of Bush by any means, I never disrespected the office while he was in it like is happening now. It's embarrassing for our Country the way Obama has been treated and I suspect you know that. Bush did more damage to this country and we are still paying for his two unfunded wars. So why the bashing? I kind of get that at this point.
    Very short memory Lou very short memory!!! I remember just as much if not MORE bashing when he was in office!!!!! BOTH sides do it and do it to the extreme!!!

    August 6, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. david ward

    his life expectancy just went up by 8 years. getting a stent at that age is not a bad thing. it means they identified blockage and low ejection fraction and corrected it. i buy senior's life insurance policies. when the meds show they had a stent put in, i move on to the next policy because that's no longer a wise buy.

    August 6, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Repub1776

    Good news, get well soon Mr President! The country misses your leadership, we currently have none.

    August 6, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  18. sparks2000

    how ironic-the man who saw to the JFK assassination is now on his death bed--every man dies,sooner or later,even the one who sees to it others die

    August 6, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Malory Archer

    A True Conservative

    Wow – CNN is really filled with haters


    Yep. You and the usual band of haters are all over this message thread being good little apologists for the worst president ever to be installed by the supremos!

    August 6, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Rembrant

    I am glad he is doing well again. He deserves to live a long healthy life just like everyone else deserves a long healthy life.
    Now he is healthy enough to stand trial for treason to his country and war crimes.

    August 6, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. hgflyer

    @The Real Tom Paine:

    Being a "self-proclaimed independent," and based on my observations, liberals tend to openly hate the person, while conservatives tend to openly hate the person's policies. There's a huge difference from the standpoint of being human and having to share this world with everyone. We will not progress as a nation until we can get rid of this two-party system, whose only purposes, as I see it, are to divide the populace and get rich doing it.

    August 6, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. r00t4rd3d

    He has a heart?

    August 6, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. MasterBlaster

    Well free public medical care does exist, only for the politicians. The rest of US has to deal with ObamaCare. Except Companys, Government Workers, Union Members, everybody except the average citizens. Well if they gave Bush Jr a new heart, Weres Obama's new brain? And the rest of the country needs a heap of courage! Vote Them ALL OUT, Before it's too late! Please America do whats right in your heart!

    August 6, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  24. One Eyed Pirate

    I hope this wasn't paid for with tax dollars.

    August 6, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. hgflyer

    @Lynda: I was referring specifically to GW's remark about ROUTINE checkups. Outside of that, it may be wise to invest in low-cost, supplemental/catastrophic coverage. My best advice, if your health matters, is to take care of yourself with a healthy lifestyle...the VAST majority of people who do so only have to endure the cost of the annual exam.

    August 6, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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