Bill Clinton is said to be recovering well from a procedure to open a blocked artery in his heart. The former US President was treated in New York after complaining of discomfort in his chest.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton left Washington to rush to her husband’s bedside. The scare comes six years after he had quadruple heart bypass surgery.
“No I would not call it a wake-up call,” Clinton’s cardiologist Dr Allan Schwartz told reporters. “The wake-up call happened in 2004. Again, he has really toed the line in terms of both diet and exercise. He has followed an excellent programme. This particular complication is not hardening of the arteries. This sort of graft failure is the history of this type of treatment and is not related to anything he did.”
The doctor said the grafts Clinton received in 2004 have a failure rate of up to 20 per cent at five to six years.
The 63-year-old has been an active ex-President. His latest health problems come after he travelled twice to Haiti to help recovery efforts after its devastating earthquake.