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Bill Clinton Rushed To The Hospital

Posted by Media Outrage on February 11, 2010

Bill Clinton was rushed to a New York hospital today:

Via AP:

NEW YORK – Former President Bill Clinton had two stents inserted in one of his heart arteries after being hospitalized with chest pains, an adviser said Thursday.

Clinton, 63, “is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts,” said adviser Douglas Band.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left Washington and headed to New York to be with her husband, who underwent the procedure at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Stents are tiny mesh scaffolds used to prop open an artery after it is unclogged in an angioplasty procedure. Doctors thread a tube through a blood vessel in the groin to a blocked artery, inflate a balloon to flatten the clog, and slide the stent into place.

That is a different treatment from what Clinton had in 2004, when clogged arteries first landed him in the hospital. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery because of four blocked arteries, some of which had squeezed almost completely shut.

Angioplasty, which usually includes placing stents, is one of the most common medical procedures done worldwide. More than half a million stents are placed each year in the United States.

With bypass or angioplasty, patients often need another procedure years down the road because arteries often reclog.

“It’s not unexpected” for Clinton to need another procedure now, said Dr. Clyde Yancy, cardiologist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and president of the American Heart Association.

The sections of arteries and veins used to create detours around the original blockages tend to develop clogs five to 10 years after a bypass, he explained. New blockages also can develop in new areas.

“This kind of disease is progressive. It’s not a one-time event, so it really points out the need for constant surveillance” and treating risk factors such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, he said.

The former president has been working in recent weeks to help relief efforts in Haiti. Since leaving office, he has maintained a busy schedule working on humanitarian projects through his foundation.

8 Responses to “Bill Clinton Rushed To The Hospital”

  1. Truly23 said

    His old ass know dayum well he needs to start eating healthier… How many times is he going to have his heart operated on?? Is Chenney and him in a contest for the most heart operations???

    • LowRidaz said

      LOL, careful calling him old ass, you may reach there one day also, lol i know folks eat healthy , exercise, and still heart issues and high blood pressure, I was shocked at a friend of mine has to take high blood pressure medicine and she is healthy, eat right, and exercise, and weigh 130, im like must run in family, oh well, GET WELL BILL, WISHING YOU THE BEST!!!!

  2. Kanyade said

    Get better Bill.

  3. MissTX said

    Get well Bill. We can’t lose the first Black president doing Black History Month.

    • Ms. Behave™ said

      lol @ We can’t lose the first Black president doing Black History Month… He even got Obama beaten at getting ahead in office lol.

      He came, he saw and he cocked her🙂

  4. Nina said

    Dang, I hate that term, “First Black President”. I’m just saying.

  5. 2020VIZN said

    I knew this was gonna happen when he moved to Harlem. He sees first hand how hard and stressful it is to live in our world as blacks. He found out that its more stressful trying to survive in harlem than it was being the POTUS, and the fact that he has to eat lunch near his office location is no help, that soulfood is sure to give him a heart attack.

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