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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-13-09 02:29 PM
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Congressman recovering from heart scare
Source: CNN

Posted: 01:46 PM ET

From CNN Political Editor Mark Preston


WASHINGTON (CNN) Rep. Pete Olson was rushed from Capitol Hill to the hospital Thursday, and doctors equipped him with a dual chamber pacemaker, the Texas Republican wrote in an e-mail to political supporters.

While working out in the House gym, I got quite dizzy and fainted, Olson said in the note sent Friday by his campaign committee. After being rushed to George Washington University Hospital, it was determined that I had a condition called bradycardia, which is medical talk for a slow heart beat. Whatever they call it, it wasn't good and I don't recommend it.

Olson added, The docs have now equipped me with a dual chamber pacemaker to ensure my ticker doesn't pull such a stunt again. I feel fine and was ready to get back to work yesterday afternoon, but cooler heads have instructed I rest a little more.

A cardiologist at George Washington University Hospital said that the procedure went smoothly with no complications.

This is a common, often asymptomatic, condition and we expect the Congressman to resume his active lifestyle, said Allen Solomon, cardiologist at the George Washington University Hospital and professor of Medicine.


Read more: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/



Repugs have slow hearts?

Who knew?

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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-13-09 02:31 PM
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1. Very glad he's got the right treatment and is on the mend!
It shows the importance of prompt and appropriate medical care, and I hope he will see the importance of making it available to all his country's citizens.
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Laelth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-13-09 02:36 PM
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7. Hear, hear! (though I suspect your hope is misplaced) n/t
:dem:

-Laelth
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-13-09 02:31 PM
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2. I wish him well, but note the differences in his life from the rest of us
He has a gym at work. He had immediate access to good medical care. He probably didn't have to pay for it. He's now equipped with a device that might cause bankruptcy (or death) for someone without good insurance.

I don't know why, but those details jumped out at me in this story. I hope he realizes he is not only lucky, but privileged.
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-13-09 02:33 PM
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3. Why does the House have its own gym?
Edited on Fri Mar-13-09 02:35 PM by KansDem
Wish I had one where I worked...
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-13-09 02:35 PM
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6. I guess I wasn't the only one to pick up those details!
GMTA.
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-13-09 02:34 PM
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4. Those are good points.
Of course, he'll probably fight tooth and nail against universal health care.
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-13-09 02:34 PM
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5. Poor guy. Hope he has good medical insurance! (nt)
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madamesilverspurs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-13-09 04:27 PM
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8. He does,
and it's taxpayer funded. The same thing that his party calls 'socialized medicine' for the rest of us.

Wish that his pacemaker could open his eyes...
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-13-09 05:44 PM
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9. They needed to wire it to his brain -- and give Obama the remote.
:evilgrin: That should flip a few votes.
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Spinzonner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 08:36 AM
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10. A Republican has a heart ?
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