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George W. Bush Undergoes Heart Surgery

August 6, 2013

Former US president George W Bush underwent surgery Tuesday to clear a blockage in a coronary artery, his office in Texas said in a statement.

Doctors discovered the problem during a routine annual check-up Monday and recommended he have a stent placed to open the blockage. The surgery was completed successfully Tuesday.

"President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday," the statement said.

"He is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him," a spokesman said. "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."

Bush, 67, served as president 2001-2009.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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