Murkowski going to Seattle for heart treatment

Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) Gov. Frank Murkowski, who underwent an angioplasty last month to clear a blocked artery, is going to Seattle for additional tests on his heart, he said Tuesday.

Murkowski, 70, is to go to Virginia Mason Medical Center on Wednesday and will be there about two days, said press spokesman John Manly.

The governor underwent an angioplasty procedure April 9 at Providence Alaska Medical Center to clear a blocked artery. A stent was inserted to keep the walls of the blood vessel open.

During a physical therapy session in Juneau on Tuesday, medical staff detected an irregularity on a heart monitor, Manly said.

Murkowski told reporters of the appointment during a press conference Tuesday and gave no indication it was serious. Manly also said it did not appear serious.

He says he feels fine and is not in any pain. It's just something that showed a little blip on a chart,'' Manly said.

Murkowski is going to Seattle because his cardiologist, Dr. George Rhyneer Sr., is out of state, Manly said.

Chief of Staff Jim Clark will manage day-to-day functions of the governor's office while Murkowski is gone, Manly said.

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