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George W. Bush has heart procedure for blocked artery

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Former President George W. Bush underwent a heart procedure Tuesday after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery during his annual physical.

A spokesman for the 43rd president said doctors placed a stent in Bush's heart to open the blockage and that the procedure was a success.

“President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday,” a spokesman for the former Republican president said. “He is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him. 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.”

The 67-year-old had the procedure at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, his hometown.

This wasn’t Bush’s first trip to the hospital this year. He also reportedly underwent back surgery in January to repair a disc problem.

And Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush, had his own health scare in recent months, when he was hospitalized with a severe case of bronchitis.

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