Breaking news – Clinton was rushed to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. ABC News’ chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos reported that sources said he was taken to the hospital “likely for a stent procedure.”
Clinton’s wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was seen this afternoon leaving the Oval Office and did not seem “too concerned” or “in a rush.”
Clinton, who has suffered from overweight often in his life, lost considerable poundage after his previous heart problem. The pain could come from a partial blockage of an artery and the stent would reopen the passage. He is expected to stay in the hospital an undetermined time.
According to a statement released by Douglas Band, a counselor to the ex-president, Clinton had two stents implanted:
Today President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital after feeling discomfort in his chest.
Following a visit to his cardiologist, he underwent a procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries. President Clinton is in good spirits, and will continue to focus on the work of his Foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts.
In 2004, President Clinton underwent a successful quadruple bypass operation to free four blocked arteries.