Clinton leaves hospital after heart procedure
NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton has left the Manhattan hospital where he underwent a heart procedure, a close friend said Friday.
Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe said on CBS’ The Early Show that Clinton had left New York Presbyterian Hospital. Clinton lives in Chappaqua, a hamlet about 35 miles (55 kilometres) north of New York City.
“He’s out of the hospital and in the car back en route to his home,” McAuliffe told the morning news program.
“And if I know President Clinton, he’ll be on the phone ... calling people asking for more help for Haiti and where he can get pickup trucks so they can deliver food or generators. If I know Bill Clinton, he’ll be raring to go in about 35 minutes.”
Clinton could be back at work as soon as Monday, cardiologist Allan Schwartz said previously.
Clinton, 63, had quadruple bypass surgery at the same hospital more than five years ago, and returned Thursday to have a clogged heart artery opened after suffering discomfort in his chest.
Two stents resembling tiny mesh scaffolds were placed inside the artery as part of a medical procedure that is common for people with severe heart disease.
Schwartz said tests had showed that one of the bypasses from the surgery was completely blocked.
Instead of trying to open the blocked bypass, doctors reopened one of his original blocked arteries and inserted the two stents. The procedure took about an hour, and Clinton was able to get up two hours later, Schwartz said.
There was no sign the former president had suffered a heart attack, and the new blockage was not a result of his diet, Schwartz said.
“ The procedure went very smoothly,” Schwartz said, describing Clinton’s prognosis as excellent.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton travelled from Washington to New York to be with her husband. She left the hospital without speaking to reporters.
Aides to Mrs. Clinton said she still planned to go ahead with a previously scheduled trip to the Persian Gulf. The trip was to begin Friday afternoon, but now she is planning to leave Saturday so that she does not have to rush back to Washington.
Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, was also with him at the hospital.
In an angioplasty, the procedure Clinton had on Thursday, doctors thread a tube through a blood vessel in the groin to a blocked artery and inflate a balloon to flatten the clog. Often, one or more stents are used to prop the artery open.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and an aide leave New York Columbia Presbyterian Hospital where her husband, former president Bill Clinton, was hospitalized. Clinton was discharged Friday.