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10/15/2013 11:18 am ET

George W. Bush's Heart Problems Were Potentially Life-Threatening: Reports

Former President George W. Bush was hospitalized in August 2013 after undergoing a procedure to open a blocked heart artery, which new reports say was potentially life-threatening.

National Journal and CNN are reporting that sources have said Bush had a 95 percent blockage in a coronary artery. The blockage, which had almost completely shut off blood flow to one of the chambers of his heart, was discovered during an annual exam.

Bush's heart procedure, in which a stent was inserted in the blocked heart artery, was performed successfully and "without complication" at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, according to a statement.

The heart blockage wasn't Bush's first major medical issue. Bush also underwent back surgery in January 2013, according to National Journal.

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