U.S. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin
undergoes heart procedure
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[May 03, 2017]
CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. Senator
Dick Durbin, the chamber's second-ranking Democrat, had a procedure on
Tuesday in Chicago to correct an irregular heartbeat, his office said.
Durbin, 72, was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for an “atrial
flutter,” which occurs when the heart beats too quickly. The condition
was discovered during a recent annual physical, the Illinois lawmaker's
"I anticipate that this heart tune-up will give my classic roadster many
more miles of reliable service," Durbin said in a statement.
Durbin had no symptoms and was able to maintain his regular schedule
before and after the condition was discovered. He is scheduled to remain
in Illinois for the rest of the week.
Durbin used the statement about his outpatient procedure to criticize
Republican efforts in the U.S. Congress to repeal and replace the 2010
Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
"My Congressional colleagues who want to cut funding for medical
research and take away health insurance for millions of Americans should
remember that all of us are only one diagnosis away from needing the
best care for ourselves and the people we love," he said.
(Reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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