Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma is recovering after successful heart surgery in Tulsa on Friday to address a serious blockages in multiple arteries.
Doctors conducting routine tests told the 78-year-old Republican senator he had a heart problem and conducted a quadruple bypass, according to a statement from Mr. Inhofe’s office.
“The discovery shocked me as I had no visible symptoms that something was wrong,” he said. “Today, I am feeling great and am fully engaged with my work here in Oklahoma.”
The Oklahoman newspaper said Mr. Inhofe consulted specialists in Washington but had the surgery in Tulsa so his children and grandchildren could visit him.
He told his state’s newspapers that he feels “great” and will return to Washington after a few days, because he could not fly in an airplane immediately after open-heart surgery.
“I encourage my colleagues in Washington to work with vigilance to reopen the government with a bill that represents Oklahomans and all of Americans,” his statement said. “I may miss some upcoming votes on the Continuing Resolution, but my doctors agree I will return soon and even stronger to continue the fight to protect Oklahomans’ freedoms.”