George W. Bush Undergoes Successful Heart Procedure

Former President George W. Bush underwent surgery to open a blocked artery on August 6, 2013. Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

Former U.S. President George W. Bush underwent a successful heart procedure on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The 67-year-old politician was being treated for a blocked artery, which was discovered Aug. 5 during his annual physical at the Cooper Clinic.

"At the recommendation of his doctors, President Bush agreed to have a stent placed to open the blockage," spokesman Freddy Ford told the Associated Press.

Bush's blockage was opened "without complication," Ford added. The married father of two is expected to be discharged on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Bush was described as being "in high spirits" and eager to return home.

The nation's 43rd president "is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him," Ford added. "He thanks his family, friends and fellow citizens for their prayers and well wishes. And he encourages us all to get our regular check-ups."

Bush will "resume his normal schedule on Thursday," Ford told the press. Bush, who served as the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000, is scheduled to host a golf tournament for wounded warriors later this summer.