Bush’s Blocked Artery Was Potentially Life-Threatening

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George W. Bush was one of the most athletic U.S. presidents — jogging, clearing brush on his Texas ranch and an avid mountain biker. But his recent heart problems were a lot more serious than previously thought, according to NBC News.

What was described at the time as a routine procedure — a blocked artery was found during a physical exam at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas — was potentially life-threatening, according to a report in the National Journal Monday.

Bush’s doctors ordered a CT angiogram, which revealed a serious blockage in one of his coronary arteries.

At his doctor’s recommendation, Bush agreed to have a stent placed to open the blockage. A stent is a metal scaffolding placed into an artery narrowed by cholesterol plaque. It restores blood flow and prevents a heart attack.

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