Former US president Bill Clinton has said he was recovering well after undergoing a heart procedure for a blocked artery.

“Actually I'm doing very well. I feel very blessed,” Mr. Clinton told reporters Friday outside his home in Chappaqua, New York.

Mr. Clinton, 63, said he began feeling a “tingling, not pain” in his chest four days earlier and contacted his cardiologist, but he was never particularly worried about the procedure.

“They know what they're doing,” said Mr. Clinton, who underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2004. “I felt it was kind of a repair job.”

The former president underwent a procedure Thursday at the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital to have two stents placed in one of his coronary arteries. He left the hospital early Friday.

Mr. Clinton said he took no sedatives and was awake for the entire procedure: “I was alert and I wanted to watch it.”


Bill Clinton leaves Manhattan hospitalFebruary 12, 2010