We could've done the same if one of our former Presidents fell ill. The condition he has, heart condition, kind of make the situation worse too. It's always a worry when someone with heart disease get sick, it's like a ticking bomb which can explode any minute.
Former president received two stents in heart, will spend night in hospital
Former President Bill Clinton has been working in recent weeks to help relief efforts in Haiti. Since leaving office, he has maintained a busy schedule working on humanitarian projects.
Former President Bill Clinton is "in good spirits" after a procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries, according to a spokesman.
"President 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," said adviser Doug Band said in a statement.
He is expected to stay the night at Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he was admitted earlier Thursday.
A hospital source said that Clinton called the head of cardiology at the hospital two days ago, saying that he was not feeling well. Clinton was originally scheduled to come in to the hospital Wednesday but postponed the appointment until Thursday due to inclement weather.
The visit to the hospital was considered routine, but in the course of the conversation between the former president and his cardiologists, it was decided that Clinton should undergo the procedure.
Stents are tiny mesh scaffolds used to prop open an artery after it is unclogged in an angioplasty procedure. Doctors thread a tube through a blood vessel in the groin to a blocked artery, inflate a balloon to flatten the clog, and slide the stent into place.
That is a different treatment from what Clinton had in 2004, when clogged arteries first landed him in the hospital. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery because of four blocked arteries, some of which had squeezed almost completely shut.
With bypass or angioplasty, patients often need another procedure years down the road because arteries often reclog.
What is a stent?
A stent is a wire metal mesh tube used to prop open an artery during angioplasty. The stent is collapsed to a small diameter and put over a balloon catheter. It's then moved into the area of the blockage. When the balloon is inflated, the stent expands, locks in place and forms a scaffold. This holds the artery open. The stent stays in the artery permanently, holds it open, improves blood flow to the heart muscle and relieves symptoms (usually chest pain). Within a few weeks of the time the stent was placed, the inside lining of the artery grows over the metal surface of the stent.
"It's not unexpected" for Clinton to need another procedure now, said Dr. Clyde Yancy, cardiologist at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and president of the American Heart Association.
The sections of arteries and veins used to create detours around the original blockages tend to develop clogs five to 10 years after a bypass, he explained. New blockages also can develop in new areas.
"This kind of disease is progressive. It's not a one-time event, so it really points out the need for constant surveillance" and treating risk factors such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, he said.
A State Department official confirmed to NBC that former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "is now headed to New York City."
Aides to Secretary Clinton said Thursday she left the capital shortly after meeting President Barack Obama at the White House ahead of a planned trip to the Persian Gulf that was to begin on Friday. The aides said it was not yet clear if her travel to Qatar or Saudi Arabia would be affected by her husband's hospitalization.
The former president has been working in recent weeks to help relief efforts in Haiti. Since leaving office, he has maintained a busy schedule working on humanitarian projects through his foundation.
Former President George H.W. Bush said that he has been in touch with Clinton's staff. "Barbara and I wish him a speedy and full recovery," he said in a statement.
Clinton, 63, underwent a successful quadruple bypass operation to open four blocked arteries in 2004.
I know, that was a shame, anajuta mpaka kesho. Some of the things he's been envolved with and is actively engaged in doing to help especially third world countries seems like a cover up for that Rwanda thing. One of his lowest moments.