Rep. Scott Ogan's condition improving

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Rep. Scott Ogan, who suffered a heart attack March 16, continues to improve, although his condition is still considered critical, his staff said.

Linda Hay, chief of staff to the Palmer Republican, said doctors began ''weaning him'' off a respirator for two-hour periods Monday with good results.

They are also are decreasing the amount of sedating drugs he's being given, Hay said.

Results of an echocardiogram, which provides information about heart valves and how well the heart is pumping, are encouraging, she said.

''It may be a few more weeks before all damage is assessed but at this point they are not even talking bypass,'' Hay said.

The hospital and Ogan's family are directing inquiries about his condition to his staff.

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