Governor Admitted to Hospital
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Gov. Jim Edgar is suffering from recurring chest pains caused by a blocked artery around his heart and will undergo a procedure to clear the blockage, his aides said Monday.
Edgar was admitted to Springfield Memorial Medical Center on Monday evening after undergoing a series of tests earlier in the day, said his spokesman Mike Lawrence. Another spokeman, Gary Mack, said doctors planned to clear the blockage Tuesday by inserting a balloon into the artery, a procedure called angioplasty.
″The governor’s resting comfortably right now,″ Mack said.
Edgar scheduled the tests after experiencing chest pains about 10 days ago while exercising, Lawrence said. The aides said the 46-year-old Republican had no history of heart trouble.
Dr. Randolf Martin, a cardiologist, recommended that Edgar undergo the balloon angioplasty.
Edgar is expected to remain in the hospital for at least a day after the procedure, take medicine for a short period of time and restrict his diet, Lawrence said in a statement.