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article imageEx-Polish president leaves clinic after heart surgery

By Owen Weldon     Mar 5, 2008 in World
Lech Walesa, former Polish president, left a Houston, Texas hospital on Tuesday. The former Polish president was in the hospital for four days because doctors fitted him with a pacemaker.
Four days after doctors fitted Walesa with a pacemaker he was able to leave the hospital.
Walesa, 64, got the device to avoid a heart transplant and the surgery took two-hours at the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.
Walesa is now in better health and he says that it has been a long time since he has felt this good. Walesa said he had received medical care from all over the world and he said he is pleased with the outcome.
Last week Walesa came from Mexico to Houston after he was suffering chest pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. Walesa plans on going back to Mexico to participate in a youth conference.
Walesa was also treated for diabetes, high cholesterol and sleep apnea, or irregular breathing while sleeping. He was also prescribed an exercise program.
Walesa was the first democratically elected president in Poland and he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 and served a five-year term as Poland's president beginning in 1990.
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