Thursday, March 5, 2009

Former First Lady Barbara Bush in Hospital

Former First Lady, Barbara Bush had surgery yesterday in Houston. The 83 year old Bush had her aortic valve replaced during Open Heart surgery after complications including dizziness and shortness of breath.

The surgery took about 2.5 hours at Houston's Methodist Hospital. Hospital officials thursday say she is doing well. She was talking just hours after the procedure wednesday night in ICU.

Her husband (since 1945), former President George H. W. Bush was with her at the hospital. Dr. Gerald Lawrie did the open heart surgery. She expected to be released in 7 - 10 days.

What can happen if the valve is not replacedyou ask?
A hardened aortic valve can result in heart failure or sudden cardiac death.

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