Bill Clinton Rushed to New York Hospital for Stent Procedure
Bill Clinton was rushed to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan today with a heart condition, and it is now confirmed by his office that he had two stent procedures in a coronary artery.
ABC News' chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos reported that sources said he was taken to the hospital "likely for a stent procedure."
What is a stent procedure?
A stent procedure is when a wire mesh tube is used to keep an artery open during angioplasty. It essentially forms a 'scaffold' where the blockage is located and holds the artery open. It then stays there and helps to improve blood flow and relieve symptons such as chest pain.
Former President Bill Clinton had quadruple bypass surgery at this hospital about four and a half years ago.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was seen leaving Capitol Hill a short while ago, but sources there said she did not seem in too much of a rush.
Bill Clinton's counselor Douglas Band says that Bill is in good spirits, and resume his work on the Haiti earthquake recovery soon.
We will update this story when more information is available.