Ex-U.S. President George W. Bush has stent put in heart

Former U.S. President George W. Bush underwent a surgical procedure at a Dallas hospital on Tuesday to have a stent placed in his heart for a blocked artery, U.S. media reported.

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Bush was “in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday,” spokesman Freddy Ford was quoted as saying in the Dallas Morning News.

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Former President George W. Bush speaks at a naturalization ceremony at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in University Park on July 10, 2013. (Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News)

Former President George W. Bush underwent a successful procedure Tuesday morning to clear artery blockage in his heart.

Doctors discovered the blockage Monday during Bush’s annual physical examination at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. Bush, 67, then underwent the operation to receive a stent Tuesday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Bush spokesman Freddy Ford said the former president 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,” Ford said. “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.”