Clinton leaves hospital in good health after heart op
Doctors say former president will be 'in the office by Monday'
Published 13/02/2010 | 05:00
FORMER US President Bill Clinton was released from a New York hospital last night in "excellent health".
The 63-year-old, who underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2004, had a procedure to open up a clogged coronary artery.
Mr Clinton sought treatment after having "brief" episodes of chest discomfort over several days, Dr Allan Schwartz said last night at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Centre.
One bypass from the earlier surgery was completely blocked, according to Dr Schwartz. Two stents were inserted to keep the artery clear, and Dr Schwartz said the procedure went "very smoothly".
Mr Clinton showed no evidence of having had a heart attack, the doctor added.
"I would not describe this at all as a high-risk procedure," Dr Schwartz said of the one-hour stent placement.
"I told him he can be back in the office on Monday."
Mr Clinton was joined at the hospital by his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and their daughter Chelsea.
The former president was already "up and walking around" last night, Dr Schwartz said, adding he expected Mr Clinton to resume his "active lifestyle".
Since leaving the presidency in January 2001 after serving two terms, Mr Clinton has worked on his presidential library and international aid and relief efforts through his William J Clinton Foundation.
The United Nations has named him international coordinator for humanitarian efforts in Haiti following the January 12 earthquake there.
He is also working with former President George W Bush to raise money for Haiti relief.
President Barack Obama called Mr Clinton at the hospital last night, an administration official said. Also, a spokesman for George W Bush said the former president talked with Chelsea Clinton earlier in the day.
Mr Bush's father, former President George HW Bush, was also in touch with Mr Clinton's staff, wishing him "a speedy and full recovery". Doctors said Mr Clinton's experience was not unusual for patients who have been similarly treated for heart disease.
"This is a very good example of what typically happens with patients who have had bypass surgery," Steve Nissen, chairman of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, said." They get a period of often excellent results for some years, but the disease does come back."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travelled to New York after a meeting yesterday afternoon with Mr Obama at the White House in preparation for a diplomatic trip to the Middle East.