Ex-Pres. Clinton undergoes heart procedure

NEW YORK - (AP) - Former President Bill Clinton, who had quadruplebypass surgery more than five years ago, was hospitalized Thursdayto have a clogged heart artery opened after suffering chest pains.

Two stents resembling tiny mesh scaffolds were placed inside theartery as part of a medical procedure that is common for peoplewith severe heart disease.

The 63-year-old Clinton was "in good spirits and will continueto focus on the work of his foundation and Haiti's relief andlong-term recovery efforts," said an adviser, Douglas Band.

Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee chairmanand a close friend of the Clintons, said Clinton participated in aconference call on earthquake relief as he was being wheeled intosurgery.

He expected Clinton to be released from the hospital Friday.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled fromWashington to New York to be with her husband, who underwent theprocedure at New York Presbyterian Hospital, the same place wherehis bypass surgery was done in September 2004.

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