Rep. Ogan's condition improves slightly

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan's condition has improved slightly, although he remains critically ill four days after suffering a severe heart attack.

Ogan's vital signs have improved and an intra-aortic balloon pump that had been helping his heart function more easily was removed Tuesday afternoon, said Linda Hay, an aide to the Palmer Republican. Ogan is ''holding his own'' without the pump, she said.

Ogan suffered a heart attack at his home in Palmer on Saturday morning. He is in the coronary care unit at Providence Alaska Medical Center. He is conscious, although he is being kept sedated, Hay said.

The next step will be to gradually remove a respirator, Hay said, but she did not know when that would happen.

''These are all positive signs that he is moving in the right direction,'' Hay said. ''Things are still not at the point of having an accurate damage assessment or plan of action.''

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