Clinton heart op 'successful'

Former President Bill Clinton underwent successful heart bypass surgery today at a Manhattan hospital and was resting comfortably, his spokesman said.

Former President Bill Clinton underwent successful heart bypass surgery today at a Manhattan hospital and was resting comfortably, his spokesman said.

The medical team that performed the procedure at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia planned press briefing later to discuss the surgery.

“The surgery was successful and the president is resting comfortably,” Clinton spokesman Jim Kennedy said. Earlier, an aide to Mrs Clinton said “everything has been going smoothly”.

Mr Clinton, 58, went into hospital on Friday after suffering chest pains and shortness of breath.

The former president and his family issued a statement on the Clinton Foundation’s Web site on Sunday, saying they felt “blessed and grateful for the thousands of prayers and messages of good will we have received these past few days”.

It added: “While bypass surgery certainly isn’t something to look forward to, we are very lucky that the condition was detected in time to have this procedure before something more serious occurred”.

The site said Mr Clinton had received more than 30,000 get-well messages over the past several days.

The surgical team was led by Dr Craig R Smith, the hospital’s chief of cardiothoracic surgery.

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