Bill Clinton had bypass due to cholesterol problem

High levels of cholesterol are something many individuals are confronted with. If the “bad” cholesterol isn’t combated it can have dire consequences, as Bill Clinton has experienced.

On September 7,2004, three years after his presidency, Clinton had a quadruple coronary artery bypass operation after entering the hospital for chest pains. Although Clinton had a healthy diet, his low-density lipoprotein levels (or “bad“ cholesterol) were well known. According to CNN.com, Clinton’s cholesterol levels in his final year of being president were at 177, and rose to over 200 within the following year. A normal reading of cholesterol levels is below 130.

Clinton underwent the bypass as angiograms showed that he had partial coronary blockage, which was reportedly a result of fatty “plaque”.

In an interview with Larry King on CNN, Clinton said: “Some of this is genetic, and I may have done some damage in those years when I was too careless about what I ate,” he said.

He also said that if he didn’t have the surgery, “there is virtually 100 percent chance I’ll have a heart attack.”

The 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton led the Americans from 1993 to 2001.  Infamous as the second president ever to be impeached after the sex scandal involving the then 22-year-old intern Monica Lewinsky, Clinton continues to be a public figure and a representative of his nation.

His post-presidential career saw him explore many different areas, including creating the William J. Clinton foundation, which supports a variety of humanitarian causes.  He continues to be involved in his nation’s politics, including being involved in the presidency campaigns in 2008, where he supported Democratic candidates Barack Obama and his wife, Hillary Clinton. Hillary, a former Senator for the State of New York, is currently the United States Secretary of State.

Other celebrities who have had heart problems include Jennie GarthElizabeth Taylor,Larry King and Robin Williams.

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