President Clinton Bypass Surgery

Clinton in NY Hospital for Bypass Surgery (Reuters)

Former President Bill Clinton will undergo quadruple bypass surgery later on Friday, television networks reported.

ABC and CBS television reported that Clinton, 58, had checked in to the hospital for quadruple heart bypass surgery.

CNN reported that the former Democratic president was undergoing tests at New York Presbyterian hospital after experiencing chest pains.

My father had a triple bypass at the same age. It’s a major procedure but relatively routine these days. My best wishes for Mr. Clinton’s recovery.

Update: See Slate‘s Explainer for a quick primer: How Does Bypass Surgery Work? What they’ll do to Clinton’s heart.

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Comments

  1. CHARLA PHILLIPS says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with President Clinton and his family at this time. I pray for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. I have alot of love and respect for President Clinton views and legacy as president and would like to have him around forever.

    Respectfully,

    Charla Phillips
    Jonesboro, GA

  2. Horace teresia Logan says:

    My prayers and thoughs are with you President Clinton.I have faith you surgery will be fine. I also pray for your wife and daughter.There are so many people that love you and your family. I’m a 65 year old Mother,grandmother and great grandmother.I also have a blockage but I’m ok. God Bless you and your family. He will keep his loving arm’s wrapped around you and your family. God Bless and stay safe. Respectfully.Mrs.Horace Teresia Logan. Mililani, Hawaii.

  3. Joseph T. Wilson says:

    Dear President Clinton:

    ( we wish you were still president!)

    Congratulations on your successful by-pass surgery. Did someone send you a peach pie?

    Saw you at the book signing in Berkeley at Cody’s – I was way back in the crowd but it was great to see you. We love your book, and use a lot of your sayings.

    This experience will definitely give you a story to tell…

    My wife works with low-income job seekers, and shared your comment about public service giving people better stories to tell. Her group of mainly immigrant men and women were very moved by that statement – for many of them, it was the first time they thought of anyone wanting better stories for themselves and their families.

    You continue to touch a lot of people. Thank you for all you’ve done – and do – for the country, and everyday people like us.

    Our thoughts are with you and Hillary and Chelsea… Get well soon.

    PS No more french fries for a while. OK?(
    (my husband is a recovering french fry addict)

    Love Cherie Putnam-Wilson and Joe Wilson
    Berkeley, CA

  4. ruby fuller says:

    DEAR PRESIDENT CLINTON
    SO VERY HAPPY THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE WELL AGAIN. WE MISS YOU AS OUR PRESIDENT. NO BODY COULD EVER FILL YOUR SHOES.
    BEST WISHES
    RUBY FULLER

  5. Jack Drum says:

    I would like to add my prayers and best wishes for President Clinton, and the Clinton family.
    I will put President Clinton and his family on my prayer list.
    This country desperately needs another president like president Clinton to regain it’s position in this world that we had when President Clinton was in office.
    Best wishes and prayers
    Jack Drum