POSTED: Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 3:48pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 11:43am
UNDATED - Former President Bill Clinton was hospitalized Thursday in New York City after experiencing chest pains, according to a spokesman.
"Today President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital after feeling discomfort in his chest," adviser Doug Band said in a statement. "Following a visit to his cardiologist, he underwent a procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries."
"President Clinton is in good spirits, and will continue to focus on the work of his Foundation and Haiti's relief and long-term recovery efforts," said Band.
He is expected to stay the night in the hospital.
Stents are tiny mesh scaffolds used to prop open an artery after it is unclogged in an angioplasty procedure. Doctors thread a tube through a blood vessel in the groin to a blocked artery, inflate a balloon to flatten the clog, and slide the stent into place.
That is a different treatment from what Clinton had in 2004, when clogged arteries first landed him in the hospital. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery because of four blocked arteries, some of which had squeezed almost completely shut.
With bypass or angioplasty, patients often need another procedure years down the road because arteries often reclog.