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George W. Bush has heart surgery

Former US President George W. Bush, here in July, underwent heart surgery after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery.

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Former US President George W. Bush, here in July, underwent heart surgery after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery.

DALLAS (AP) — Former President George W. Bush successfully underwent a heart procedure in Dallas on Tuesday after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery during his annual physical, Bush spokesman Freddy Ford said.

‘‘At the recommendation of his doctors, President Bush agreed to have a stent placed to open the blockage,’’ Ford said. ‘‘The procedure was performed successfully this morning, without complication, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.’’

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Bush, 67, was expected to be discharged Wednesday and resume his normal schedule the following day.

The blockage was discovered Monday during Bush’s physical at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, where the nation’s 43rd president lives.

Bush was described as being ‘‘in high spirits’’ and eager to return home.

‘‘He is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him,’’ Ford said. ‘‘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.’’

Bush has no previous history of heart trouble.

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In May 2004, toward the end of his first term, Bush fell from his mountain bike during a 17-mile ride. He was wearing a helmet and mouthguard but sustained scrapes and scratches to his face, hand and knees. In July 2005, he crashed his bike again while on a slick pavement in Scotland and suffered some bruises and scrapes to a hand and arm.

In 2002, he briefly lost consciousness while watching a football game on TV at the White House and hit his head. The incident was blamed on him not feeling well and an improperly eaten pretzel.

In 1998 and 1999, while governor of Texas, he had two benign colonic polyps removed. In 2002, while president, he had a follow-up colonoscopy and invoked a section of the 25th Amendment temporarily transferring presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney. The colonoscopy showed no signs of cancer.

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