Transcript for George W. Bush Has Heart Surgery to Open Blocked Artery
We're going to turn, now, to a health scare for former president george w. Bush. A blocked artery discovered during a routine physical. He had a stent inserted to open a blocked artery. Here to explain it all, abc news chief health and medical editor, dr. Richard besser. Good morning to you. This condition, what is it and how was he discovered? He was having a routine physical examine. And they found it because they did a stress test and then a c.T. Scan of his heart. When they found that, they took him yesterday morning to have a stent placed. Look at this video. What they found was a blockage there in the heart. They inserted a catheter through his leg to that yellow area. The balloon opened it up. And they left behind a little metal stent. Let me show you what it looks like. This is the metal stent. It looks like the spring in a pen. That's right. That's what's keeping his artery open. You mentioned a stress test. I think a lot of people at home are saying, I have a physical. I don't have a stress test in my physical. Where did they -- yeah. The inflammation doesn't add up. His staff said he had no symptoms. It's not recommended that anyone get a stress test, unless they have symptoms of their heart. Shortness of breath, getting tired going up stairs. Having a stent is valuable, if you have symptoms. It relieves them. And again, just talk to your doctor when in doubt. Exactly. When you have the symptoms, get them checked out. Rich, thanks a lot.
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