Former Pres. Clinton Undergoes Heart Procedure

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Former President Bill Clinton is said to be up and walking around after undergoing a heart procedure Thursday to place two stents in a clogged coronary artery.

Clinton, 63, was hospitalized late Thursday afternoon in New York City after complaining of repeated chest discomfort. Doctors say he will be released from the hospital Friday and could return to work on Monday.

Close adviser Douglas Band said that after seeing his heart doctor, Clinton underwent the procedure to place the stents in the artery. 

"President Clinton is in good spirits, and will continue to focus on the work of his foundation and Haiti's relief and long-term recovery efforts," he said in a statement released to the press.

Six years ago, Clinton underwent quadruple bypass surgery to clear four blocked arteries, some of which had been squeezed almost completely shut.

Aides to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday she left the capital for New York City shortly after meeting President Barack Obama at the White House ahead of a planned trip to the Persian Gulf.

The aides said it was not yet clear if her travel, which is to begin Friday, would be affected by her husband's hospitalization.

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