Former President George H.W. Bush was rushed to a Houston hospital in an ambulance after experiencing shortness of breath on Tuesday evening, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The trip was just a precaution, KTRK's Tom Abrahams reported. Bush, 90, will be held at Houston's Methodist Hospital for observation, a statement from his office said.
41 taken to the @MethodistHosp as precaution after experiencing a shortness of breath tonight. Will be held for observation as a precaution.
— Jim McGrath (@jgm41) December 24, 2014
According to a White House pool report, President Barack Obama was made aware of Bush's situation, and he and the first lady "send their good wishes to the former President and the entire Bush family during this holiday season."
Bush has dealt with health problems for years. While president in 1991, he entered the hospital with an irregular heartbeat, and was diagnosed with the thyroid condition Graves Disease, ABC reported. In 2000, he was again admitted to a hospital after experiencing an irregular heartbeat. In 2012, bronchitis and a chronic cough sent Bush to the hospital, where he remained for several weeks, according to ABC.
The father of former president George W. Bush is no longer able to walk unassisted, his family said. However, he still celebrated his 90th birthday by skydiving in Maine.
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