Washington Senator, Dan Swecker, To Undergo Heart Valve Replacement Surgery
The vice chairman of the state Senate minority caucus, Republican Dan Swecker of Rochester, is in the hospital with a heart problem. Swecker’s staff say he was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington by ambulance after what seemed to be a heart attack Saturday night.
According to a news release Tuesday, tests show Swecker has a congenital heart valve abnormality (potentially a bicuspid heart valve). An operation to fix the problem is planned for this week. According to the news release, Dan Swecker is in critical care but stable condition.
Swecker joins a long list of public personalities to have heart valve surgery including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Lehrer, Jessie Helms, Charlie Rose and Rodney Dangerfield.
All the best for a speedy recovery Senator Swecker!
Keep on tickin!
Adam Pick is a patient, author of The Patient's Guide To Heart Valve Surgery and the founder of HeartValveSurgery.com.