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Sen. John Boozman released from hospital after heart surgery

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Sen. John Boozman has left an Arkansas hospital after undergoing successful heart surgery, his office said Monday.

The Arkansas Republican was released Sunday night and remains under doctor’s orders to rest as he regains his strength.

The 63-year-old senator was taken to a hospital in Rogers in northwest Arkansas last week after suffering from pains in his chest and arm. After running tests, doctors admitted him and performed heart surgery.

A Boozman spokeswoman said he is in close contact with his office, monitoring recovery efforts of deadly tornadoes that hit central Arkansas on Sunday.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones in this devastation," Boozman said in a prepared statement. "While Arkansans are all too familiar with the destruction that Mother Nature can leave behind, it never gets easier. Arkansans have always come together in the most difficult times to help neighbors in need."

Boozman said he will work with the governor's office, the state's congressional delegation and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate "to make sure that Arkansans get the resources they need to respond, rebuild and recover."

Boozman was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and serves on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. He also is member of the agriculture, veterans affairs, and environment and public works panels.

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