Former President Clinton taken to NY hospital

NEW YORK (AP) - An aide says former President Bill Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital and has undergone a procedure on his heart.

Adviser Douglas Band says Clinton was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital today after experiencing chest pains.

He says the 63-year-old had two stents inserted to prop open a clogged coronary artery. Clinton is said to be in good spirits.

Clogged arteries first landed Clinton in the hospital about six years ago. That's when he had quadruple bypass surgery due to four blocked arteries, some of which had squeezed almost completely shut.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has been in Washington today for White House meetings. Aides say she left the capital for New York shortly after meeting with President Barack Obama ahead of her planned trip to the Persian Gulf Friday.

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