Former VP Pence undergoes routine surgery to implant pacemaker, office says
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Former Vice President Mike Pence underwent routine surgery to implant a pacemaker after experiencing a slow heart rate, his office said in a press release Thursday.
Pence, 61, underwent a successful procedure to implant the device on Wednesday at the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, Virginia, according to a press release. He is expected to make a full recovery and return to normal activity within days.
“My family has been truly blessed by the work of these dedicated healthcare professionals,” Pence said in a statement.
The former vice president underwent the surgery after experiencing symptoms associated with an abnormal heart rate over a two-week span.
Pence first disclosed an asymptomatic heart blockage in 2016 after becoming the GOP’s nominee for vice president.
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Pence has made few public remarks since leaving the White House in January. Earlier this month, he launched “Advancing American Freedom,” a political advocacy group.
The former Indiana governor is considered a potential candidate for the GOP’s presidential nomination in 2024. Pence has yet to say whether he intends to run for office.
This story has been updated.
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