Rep. Ted Lieu underwent heart surgery at George Washington University Hospital following reports of chest pains on Monday, his chief of staff Marc Cevasco confirmed on Wednesday.
While there were no signs that he experienced a heart attack, doctors discovered a partial blockage in one of his arteries. The stent surgery was successful. Cevasco said Lieu should be returning to work next week.
“An electrocardiogram, ultrasound and two blood tests confirmed there was no heart attack and no heart damage. A CT scan showed partial blockage of an artery that was likely the cause of the symptoms,” Cevasco said in a statement. “He is in good spirits and plans to be back at work next week. He is now recovering and will likely be discharged from the hospital later today. Congressman Lieu is deeply grateful to all the dedicated professionals at the OAP and GW University Hospital.”
The radical Lieu naturally has been a staunch supporter of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, whom he has often falsely accused of racism.