TODAY: Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley Hospitalized for Abnormal Heartbeat
"GOVERNOR BENTLEY IS FEELING WELL AND THERE ARE NO SERIOUS MEDICAL CONCERNS," A STATEMENT FROM BENTLEY'S SPOKESWOMAN SAID.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley was hospitalized with an abnormal heartbeat on Wednesday, but a spokeswoman said there was no reason for serious medical concerns.
His office said Bentley, 74, underwent a procedure for an irregular heartbeat, which can increase the risk of stroke and heart failure if not controlled.
“Governor Bentley is feeling well and there are no serious medical concerns,” a statement from Bentley spokeswoman Yasamie August said.
In an interview, August said the governor began feeling unwell early Wednesday and went to an emergency room. Doctors diagnosed the heart arrhythmia, which previously hadn’t been detected, and performed a non-surgical procedure to reset the heart’s rhythm, she said.
Bentley was in communication with his office from the hospital, she said, and everything was running normally in state government.
August said Bentley is expected to retur n to work quickly, but she did not specify when.
Bentley appeared fine Tuesday night at a legislative reception hosted by the state’s seafood industry, according to legislators and others who were there.
The second-term governor still faces the threat of impeachment after a scandal involving his relationship with a former aide. The House Judiciary Committee kept its impeachment probe on pause Tuesday, deferring to a separate investigation by the attorney general’s office.