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April 25, 2014

Inhofe Undergoes Open Heart Surgery

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Inhofe spoke to reporters in the Capitol on Sept. 24 (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. James M. Inhofe is recovering in Tulsa, Okla., after doctors advised an emergency quadruple bypass surgery for five blocked arteries in his heart.

Oklahoma news outlets reported Tuesday that doctors discovered the 78-year-old Republican’s heart problems after he went in for another procedure on Friday.

“I went in for a routine colonoscopy that everyone gets and was sent to the hospital instead for open-heart surgery,” Inhofe told the Tulsa World. “The doctors said, ‘Your colon is perfect, but your heart is what we are worried about.’”

According to the The Oklahoman, two of Inhofe’s arteries were completely blocked and two had 90 percent blockage. A fifth artery was 75 percent blocked.

It was not clear when Inhofe would be able to return to D.C. for the continuing debate over the government shutdown and the looming deadline to hike the debt limit.

Inhofe told the Tulsa World he would likely miss some votes, but said, “I encourage the Senate to pass a bill that will reopen the government while sticking with our conservative principles.”

Inhofe is expected to run for a fourth term in 2014.

  • Mondovibe

    So Inhofe gets his healthcare covered…”We the People/our Posterity” need it, too!

  • aquinas215

    In part, escapist fantasies regarding the utopian lifestyle of the mythical noble savage motivate people to chase illusions such as socialism, communism, and the welfare state.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    As central governments become more intoxicated with their own vanity, they undertake more fool’s errands in the name of this or that superstition du jour conjured up to justify their actions.

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