Michigan Congressman Undergoes Heart Procedure

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

U.S. Rep. John Dingell has undergone a procedure to correct an abnormal heart rhythm.

Henry Ford Hospital says the minimally invasive procedure was performed Thursday in Detroit to correct a condition called atrial flutter.

In a statement, the hospital says the 87-year-old Dearborn Democrat "is in good spirits, resting comfortably and is expected to be released" Friday.

Dingell spokesman Christopher Schuler says the congressman "plans to return to work as Congress reconvenes" March 24 and will have a light workload during the time in between. The hospital says Dingell will continue on a medication regimen of blood thinners and arrhythmia medications.

Dingell said last month he will not seek re-election this year. He's the longest-serving congressman in history.

Dingell's wife, Debbie, is running for his Detroit-area seat.

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