From NBC's Savannah Guthrie
Former President Bill Clinton is in Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He had chest pains and went to the hospital and got a stent. He was still there, as of 4:45 pm ET. He's expected to spend the night in the hospital. NBC's Andrea Mitchell reports that Clinton had been having chest pains.
Clinton is 63 years old.
*** UPDATE *** From the Washington Post, 2004:
Former president Bill Clinton successfully underwent emergency heart bypass surgery Sept 6, 2004. Four major blood vessels that supply oxygen to Clinton's heart were found blocked, some by as much as 90 percent, said doctors at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Without the surgery, they added, he probably would have had a major heart attack in the near future.
*** UPDATE 2 *** NBC's Courtney Kube and Athena Jones report that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a scheduled meeting at the White House at 3:30 today -- that was her only public event. Per the White House, that meeting has ended and she left some time ago.
*** UPDATE 3 *** NBC's Robert Windrem reports that, according to a hospital source, President Clinton called the head of cardiology two days ago, said he wasnt feeling well and wanted an appointment. He was suppsoed to come in yesterday, but postponed, coming in today instead. He came under his owner power. The seriousness of the issue is unknown at this point.
*** UPDATE 4 *** Here's a statement by Douglas Band, counselor to President Bill Clinton:
"Today President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital after feeling discomfort in his chest. Following a visit to his cardiologist, he underwent a procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries. 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. In 2004, President Clinton underwent a successful quadruple bypass operation to free four blocked arteries."
*** UPDATE 5 *** Andrea Mitchell reports that Secretary Clinton left her meeting at the White House and is now headed to New York. Her further travel schedule will be announced -- if any changes -- in coming days, her staff says. She was to leave for Qatar and Saudi Arabia tomorrow night.
*** UPDATE 6 *** Windrem with more: The former president is NOT in any life threatening condition. Originally the visit was scheduled for yesterday but was postponed because of the snow. It was considered a routine visit, but then in the course of conversation between the former president and his cardiologists, it was decided to have him undergo the procedure.