Splash News Online
Sharon Cotliar
February 12, 2010 09:50 AM

Former President Bill Clinton was smiling and waving as he, accompanied by daughter Chelsea, left New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Friday morning.

Clinton was released “in excellent health,” according to counselor Doug Band, after undergoing an emergency procedure to open up a blocked artery. He is said to be resting at home in Chappaqua, N.Y.

“He warmly thanks the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Hospital for the care he received … [and] the many people who extended their best wishes to him for a quick recovery,” added the statement from Band, which also noted the former Commander in Chief was already ready to work. “He looks forward in the days ahead to getting back to the work of his Foundation, and to Haiti relief and recovery efforts.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rushed from Washington D.C., to be by her husband’s side Thursday night as did daughter Chelsea.

The former president had been experiencing “episodes of chest discomfort” over the last few days, according to his cardiologist Dr. Allan Schwartz, the chief of cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mark Apfelbaum, a cardiologist, performed a procedure in which he inserted two stents into the blocked artery through a catheter. Dr. Craig Smith, who had performed quadruple bypass surgery on Clinton in 2004, was also present for the procedure.
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