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Former US President Bill Clinton has left the Manhattan hospital
where he underwent a heart procedure, a close friend said Friday.
Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe said on CBS'
"The Early Show" that Clinton had left New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Clinton lives in Chappaqua, a hamlet about 55 kilometers
north of New York City.
"He's out of the hospital and in the car back en route to his home," McAuliffe told the morning news program. "And
if I know President Clinton, he'll be on the phone ... calling people
asking for more help for Haiti and where he can get pickup trucks so
they can deliver food or generators. If I know Bill Clinton, he'll be
raring to go in about 35 minutes."
Clinton could be back at work as soon as Monday, cardiologist Allan Schwartz said previously.
63, had quadruple bypass surgery at the same hospital more than five
years ago, and returned Thursday to have a clogged heart artery opened
after suffering discomfort in his chest.Earlier Friday, President Shimon Peres sent Clinton a letter wishing him a quick and full recovery in the wake of the surgery.
"Your well-being is precious to us all and may you be back to your regular intensive activities in no time," Peres wrote. "We shall pray for a man that all of us need and admire."
Two stents resembling
tiny mesh scaffolds were placed inside the artery as part of a medical
procedure that is common for people with severe heart disease.
Schwartz said tests had showed that one of the bypasses from the surgery was completely blocked.
of trying to open the blocked bypass, doctors reopened one of his
original blocked arteries and inserted the two stents. The procedure
took about an hour, and Clinton was able to get up two hours later,
There was no sign the former president had
suffered a heart attack, and the new blockage was not a result of his
diet, Schwartz said.
"The procedure went very smoothly," Schwartz said, describing Clinton's prognosis as excellent.
of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled from Washington to New York to
be with her husband. She left the hospital about 11:30 p.m. (0430 GMT)
without speaking to reporters.
Aides to Mrs. Clinton said she
still planned to go ahead with a previously scheduled trip to the
Persian Gulf. The trip was to begin Friday afternoon, but now she is
planning to leave Saturday so that she does not have to rush back to
Clinton's daughter, Chelsea, was also with him at the hospital.
an angioplasty, the procedure Clinton had on Thursday, doctors thread a
tube through a blood vessel in the groin to a blocked artery and
inflate a balloon to flatten the clog. Often, one or more stents are
used to prop the artery open.
The angioplasty is usually done
with the patient awake but sedated. It's one of the most common medical
procedures done worldwide. More than a million angioplasties are done
in the United States each year, most involving stents.
unexpected" for Clinton to need another procedure years after his
bypass, said Dr. Clyde Yancy, cardiologist at Baylor University Medical
Center in Dallas and president of the American Heart Association.
sections of blood vessels used to create detours around the original
blockages tend to develop clogs five to 10 years after a bypass, Yancy
explained. New blockages also can develop in new areas.
kind of disease is progressive. It's not a one-time event so it really
points out the need for constant surveillance" and treating risk
factors such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, he said.
former president has been working in recent weeks to help relief
efforts in Haiti. Since leaving office, he has maintained a busy
schedule working on humanitarian projects through his foundation.
McAuliffe said Clinton participated in a conference call on earthquake relief as he was being wheeled into an operating room.
reputation as an unhealthy eater was sealed in 1992, when the newly
minted presidential candidate took reporters on jogs to McDonald's. He
was famously spoofed on "Saturday Night Live" as a gluttonous
Friends and family say Clinton changed his eating habits for the better after his bypass surgery.