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    George W. Bush in "High Spirits" After Heart Surgery

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    George W. Bush is on the mend. 

    The 67-year-old former president underwent a heart procedure Tuesday morning after doctors discovered a blockage in an artery during his annual physical examination. 

    He successfully had a stent implanted at a Dallas hospital and is expected to "resume his normal schedule Thursday," according to Bush's office.   

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    "During President George W. Bush's annual physical examination at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas yesterday, a blockage was discovered in an artery in his heart," George W. Bush's spokesperson Freddy Ford said in a statement. "At the recommendation of his doctors, President Bush agreed to have a stent placed to open the blockage." 

    The statement continued: "The procedure was performed successfully this morning, without complication, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.  President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday. He is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him. He thanks his family, friends, and fellow citizens for their prayers and well wishes. And he encourages us all to get our regular check-ups." 

    Bush has no previous history of heart trouble. 

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