Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe says he feels 'great' after emergency heart surgery

After a routine test found extreme blockage in five arteries, the Republican senator returned to Tulsa and had quadruple bypass surgery Friday.
by Chris Casteel Published: October 8, 2013
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He called the surgery a success and said he was walking around his hospital floor Monday while talking on the phone.

“I feel great,” he said.

The fact that he kept up a busy schedule with some of his arteries blocked makes him think he'll come back even stronger, he said.

“I'm going to be an Olympian,” he said.

Inhofe said it would be a few days before it is safe to fly on an airplane and he wasn't interested in driving back to Washington while recuperating.

It is not clear when the Senate will hold more roll call votes regarding the partial government shutdown. Activity since the shutdown began on Oct. 1 has been mostly limited to parliamentary motions.

Inhofe was first elected to the Senate in 1994 and is seeking another term.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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I feel great. I'm going to be an Olympian.”

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