- (Photo: Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center)
George W. Bush's heart condition led to him having surgery Tuesday, and the former president is at the hospital recovering. The 67-year-old had a blockage in his artery, which required a stent being implanted to correct the problem.
George W. Bush's heart surgery was performed at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. The Republican former president had gone for an annual check-up at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas Monday, and after discovering the blockage in his heart's artery, the surgery was arranged for the next day.
Bush is now recovering, and expected to return home Wednesday.
"President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday. He is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him. He thanks his family, friends, and fellow citizens for their prayers and well wishes. And he encourages us all to get our regular check-ups," his spokesman, Freddy Ford, said in a statement.
Bush has lived in Dallas with his wife Laura since his exit from politics in 2009. He has kept a relatively low-profile, but stays active and hosts a bike ride for wounded veterans annually. Bush also rarely comments on political matters, preferring to stay out of the spotlight.
That could change, though, as the 43rd President has made waves recently with the opening of his the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum along with the dedication in April. He also addressed immigration reform in a speech at his library.