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Boozman recovering after surgery for aortic tear, official says

This article was published April 23, 2014 at 3:01 p.m.

John Boozman.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman's office says the Republican senator remains hospitalized after undergoing an unexpected heart surgery for a tear in his aorta.

His office said Wednesday that Boozman was taken by his wife Cathy to Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers overnight Tuesday for pain in the senator's chest and shoulder. Boozman spokesman Patrick Creamer says the senator was diagnosed with an acute aortic dissection, which is a tear in a large blood vessel branching off the heart.

Creamer says the 63-year-old Boozman responded well to the surgery, which lasted several hours. The senator remains hospitalized but has been awake and met with his family.

Creamer says he doesn't know how long Boozman will be in recovery.

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Felina says... April 23, 2014 at 4:26 p.m.

He is lucky to be alive! This is how John Ritter died and most people don't make it to the hospital before they succumb. Good thing his wife acted quickly!

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AmericasDoomed says... April 23, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.

I pray for a speedy recovery.

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SFCGUNNY says... April 23, 2014 at 5:11 p.m.

John is perhaps the best Senator we have had for some time, and a good Man. Prayers for him and his Family.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... April 23, 2014 at 8:45 p.m.

I frequently don't agree with him polically, but God bless him and his family. Fortunate to make it to hospital and get correct diagnosis on time.

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