Bill Clinton Leaves Hospital After Heart Surgery

Friday, February 12, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton has left New York Presbyterian Hospital this morning, and will be back at work as soon as Monday after having heart surgery last night. Clinton had two stents placed in one of his coronary arteries.

An aide to the former president told The Associated Press that Clinton, 63, was "in good spirits" after the procedure.

Stents are tiny, mesh scaffolds used to prop open an artery after it has been unclogged in an angioplasty procedure. Clinton had quadruple bypass surgery in 2004 at New York Presbyterian to open four blocked arteries.

Clinton's aide said after he leaves the hospital that he would continue to work on bringing relief to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Clinton and former President George W. Bush have been working together on relief and recovery efforts.

"President Bush looks forward to continuing to work with his friend on Haiti relief and rebuilding. President and Mrs. Bush send their prayers for a speedy recovery,” a spokesman said in a statement provided to The New York Times.

UPDATE SINCE THIS ARTICLE WAS FIRST POSTED: This article was updated 2/12 to reflect the morning's news on Clinton's condition.

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