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Former President Clinton Rushed to Hospital for Heart Procedure

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Former President Bill Clinton is said to be "in good spirits" in a hospital in New York City, after undergoing a procedure on his heart. Clinton was rushed to a hospital Thursday, suffering from chest pains. Doctors inserted two stents to open a clogged artery.

This is a far less serious procedure than the one performed in 2004, when the former President underwent quadruple bypass surgery to open up four arteries that were almost completely blocked off.

This time around, doctors placed the two stents in the artery to keep it open after unclogging it with an angioplasty. Experts say it is not uncommon for someone who underwent a bypass operation to later need further procedures.

"This kind of disease is progressive. It's not a one-time event, so it really points out the need for constant surveillance," said Dr. Clyde Yancy, cardiologist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and president of the American Heart Association.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton left Washington and headed to New York to be with her husband.

His advisor, Douglas Band, said the 63-year-old 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."

Clinton's poor eating habits while in The White House were the stuff of legend. But his friends and family say Clinton changed his eating habits after his heart attack and bypass surgery.