Doctors discovered the issue during an annual physical examination at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas earlier this week. A stent was inserted later at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where he spent one night.
Bush is the latest in a line of presidents to battle heart disease. In addition, his vice president, Dick Cheney, has had repeated heart troubles, culminating in a transplant last year.
“A number of presidents have had heart problems before-and-during their time in office. With good medical management, they were able to return to their full slate of duties, as are many individuals with cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Rose Marie Robertson, chief science and medical officer for the American Heart Association.
Photo courtesy of George W. Bush Presidential Library.