Durbin has outpatient operation to correct abnormal heart rhythm

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May 2 2017
Katherine Skiba
Chicago Tribune
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-senator-durbin-heart-procedure-0502-met-20170502-story.html

US. Sen. Dick Durbin, 72, underwent an outpatient procedure in a Chicago hospital on Tuesday 

to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, his office announced.

Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, was found during a recent annual physical to have an atrial flutter, according to a news release from his office.

He underwent a catheter ablation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Tuesday morning, his office said. Durbin's statement, quoting the American Heart Association, described the procedure as one in which an energy pulse "destroys the abnormal heart tissue and corrects the irregular heartbeat." He will remain in Illinois this week.

"I anticipate that this heart tune-up will give my classic roadster many more miles of reliable service," Durbin said in a statement.

He also used the statement to make a political point: "My Congressional colleagues who want to cut funding for medical research and take away health insurance for millions of Americans should remember that all of us are only one diagnosis away from needing the best care for ourselves and the people we love," he said in the statement.

In August 2010, Durbin underwent minimally invasive surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center for removal of a gastrointestinal stromal tumor. Medical experts said at the time said it was a mostly benign growth that, while highly curable, can go undetected for years and become malignant if not removed.

Durbin cast his most recent roll call vote in the Senate on Thursday and skipped a vote Monday.

Illinois' senior senator entered the Senate in 1997 after serving in the U.S. House from 1983 to 1997. He last won a six-year term in 2014.

kskiba@chicagotribune.com

Comments

Durbin fails to mention the 29 million people who remained uninsured under the ACA. He fails to mention the 11 million people forced into poverty in 2015 alone by out-of-pocket medical costs. He fails to mention the people whose health insurance plans include no in-network major medical centers. We need single-payer.

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