Politics & Government

Bill Clinton in 'good spirits' after hospitalization for chest pain

Former President Bill Clinton was reported to be in good spirits Thursday evening after suffering chest pains and having two stents in one of his arteries.

"Today, President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital after feeling discomfort in his chest," Clinton aide Douglas Band said in a statement.

"Following a visit to his cardiologist, he underwent a procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries."

Stents are wire mesh tubes that expand and prop up an artery to relieve blockage. Clinton, now 63, had a quadruple bypass operation in 2004 that successfully freed four blocked arteries.

Band signaled that Clinton was not in grave danger Thursday. "President Clinton is in good spirits," he said, "and will continue to focus on the work of his Foundation and Haiti's relief and long-term recovery efforts." Clinton has been active in Haiti relief efforts

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was finishing a regular weekly meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House Thursday afternoon about the time he husband was taken to the hospital. She left for New York soon after that.

It was unclear whether she would postpone a scheduled trip on Friday to Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

"If we have anything to add beyond that, we will, including any changes to her schedule in the coming days," said a statement from the State Department.

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