On Tuesday, August 6th, the nation’s 43rd president, George W. Bush, underwent a heart procedure during which a stent was inserted to treat a blockage discovered during an annual physical in Dallas, Texas. According to an article published by NPR, the former president is doing well after the surgery performed at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and will be released from the hospital on Wednesday.
Angioplasty, or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is a procedure often combined with the permanent placement of a small wire mesh tube, called a stent, to help open blocked arteries and decrease the chance of future narrowing. Stents are made with either metal mesh, fabric, or can be coated with medication that is slowly and continuously released into the arteries. These types of stents are known as drug-eluting stents.
Angioplasty or stenting is a very common procedure. Mariell Jessup, M.D., president of the American Heart Association, notes that about 492,000 procedures were performed in the United States in 2010, 67 perfect of the patients were men and 51 perfect were over 65 years old.
George W. is not alone the use of medical devices in the presidential capacity. Bill Clinton had a stent placed in a coronary artery in 2010. Former Vice President, Dick Cheney, has severed several heart attacks, a bypass, a heart pump, and a heart transplant. Although not cardiology related, but rather a medical device, a back brace, is theorized to have kept John F. Kennedy upright and in the way of Oswald’s second, fatal bullet to the head.
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