Clinton released from hospital

Feb. 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Former President Clinton left a New York hospital Friday, less than 24 hours after doctors performed a procedure to restore blood flow to his heart.

Doctors said Clinton's prognosis was excellent and he could resume work on Monday, CNN reported.

Clinton, 63, was hospitalized Thursday after experiencing periods of chest discomfort over several days, said Dr. Allan Schwartz, the chief of cardiology at the hospital. Two stents were used to restore blood flow to a coronary artery after doctors discovered a bypass graft was blocked, Schwartz said.

Clinton underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2004.

He has "no evidence of heart attack or damage to his heart," Schwartz said.

Schwartz said the procedure was "part of the natural history" of Clinton's treatment after his bypass, not because of "lifestyle or diet, both of which have been excellent."

President Barack Obama called Clinton Thursday to wish him a speedy recovery so he can continue his work Haiti and other humanitarian efforts, a senior administration official said.

Clinton's wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, delayed departure for a trip to the Middle East until Saturday, a senior U.S. official told CNN. Hillary Clinton and the couple's daughter, Chelsea, were at the hospital with the former president Thursday.

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