WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim Inhofe underwent emergency heart surgery in Tulsa on Friday after a routine test showed extreme blockage in five arteries. Inhofe had quadruple bypass surgery and was hospitalized at St. John Medical Center.
The Tulsa Republican said in an interview from the hospital Monday he felt great and was expecting to go home Tuesday. He said he'd return to Washington as soon as possible.
Inhofe, 78, said he has never had any kind of heart trouble and hadn't felt any symptoms of the blocked arteries.
The senator said he had a virtual colonoscopy last week. After a doctor looked at the results, he told Inhofe “your colon is fine but you have a heart problem.”
After seeing a specialist in Washington, who advised immediate open-heart surgery, Inhofe decided to have the surgery in Tulsa so his children and grandchildren could visit him, the senator said.
Two of his arteries had 100 percentage blockage, two had 90 percent blockage and another had 75 percent, Inhofe said.
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I feel great. I'm going to be an Olympian.”
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