William Clinton: Coronary bypass surgery

coronary bypass
On Sept. 2, 2004, Clinton was evaluated at Northern Westchester Hospital in New York for chest pain and shortness of breath. Results were normal, and Clinton went home. The next day, further evaluation at the Westchester Medical Center (probably a cardiac angiogram) led to the recommendation for urgent four-vessel coronary bypass grafting 1. SEE BELOW

Clinton ultimately underwent successful bypass.

Comment: Apparently Clinton had unstable angina, not a heart attack. Dr. Zebra has not, however, seen this explicitly mentioned in published reports. Angina (a type of chest discomfort) occurs when heart muscle is starved for oxygen. This starvation may or may not cause part of the starved muscle to die. By contrast, a heart attack ("myocardial infarction") has occurred when part of the heart muscle has died, however small. Blood tests are the best way to distinguish angina from a heart attack.

The following text was released by Clinton's office on Sept. 3, 2004 2:
Former President Bill Clinton is being admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital today and is scheduled to have bypass surgery.

The former president went to Northern Westchester Hospital yesterday afternoon after experiencing mild chest pain and shortness of breath. Initial testing was normal and he spent the night at home in nearby Chappaqua, New York. After undergoing additional testing this morning at Westchester Medical Center, doctors advised he should undergo bypass surgery.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and (daughter) Chelsea Clinton will be with the president in New York City.

Cited Sources
  1. Milbank, D. Bill Clinton to undergo heart bypass surgery. Washington Post. washingtonpost.com on September 3, 2004 at 3:25pm.

    Comment: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59226-2004Sep3.html

  2. King J, Henry E. Bill Clinton to undergo bypass surgery. CNN. cnn.com on September 3, 2004 at 2:59pm EDT.

    Comment: http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/09/03/clinton.tests/index.html

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