Bill Clinton Released From Hospital After Surgery

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Bill Clinton was released this morning from a New York hospital after having two stents into a clogged coronary artery Thursday after complaining of chest pains.

The one-hour procedure went smoothly, said to the former President's cardiologist, and the 63-year-old was discharged this morning "in excellent health."

Clinton will soon return to his work on Haiti's relief and long-term recovery, his office said, and will both recover fully and resume his "very active lifestyle."

Bill, who could have suffered a heart attack had this gone untreated, had the heart surgery at the same hospital where he had quadruple bypass surgery in 2004.

"This was not a result of either his lifestyle or his diet, which have been excellent," Clinton's cardiologist, Alan Schwartz, told reporters from the hospital steps.

A few stents won't slow a good former president down.

Schwartz said putting in stents were just another step in an ongoing process: "Just as illnesses have natural histories, treatments have natural histories."

Clinton has been working at a grueling pace since the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, but says his demanding schedule did not contribute to heart problems.

Clinton, the U.N. special envoy to Haiti, is overseeing the U.S. response with former president George W. Bush and has been there twice in recent weeks.

Clinton was working on issues related to Haiti when he felt chest pains. As he was being wheeled into the operating room, he was still on a conference call.

Pretty standard for this guy. Bill's daughter, Chelsea, joined him at the hospital, an aide said, as did wife and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

President Barack Obama called Clinton yesterday evening and wished him "a speedy recovery," a White House aide said. THG wishes Big Daddy the same.

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I love Bill Clinton and I'm happy to hear he's doing better.