CHICAGO May 2 U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, the
chamber's second-ranking Democrat, had a procedure on Tuesday in
Chicago to correct an irregular heartbeat, his office said.
Durbin, 72, was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
for an “atrial flutter,” which occurs when the heart beats too
quickly. The condition was discovered during a recent annual
physical, the Illinois lawmaker's office said.
"I anticipate that this heart tune-up will give my classic
roadster many more miles of reliable service," Durbin said in a
Durbin had no symptoms and was able to maintain his regular
schedule before and after the condition was discovered. He is
scheduled to remain in Illinois for the rest of the week.
Durbin used the statement about his outpatient procedure to
criticize Republican efforts in the U.S. Congress to repeal and
replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, commonly known as
"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.
(Reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Editing by Peter