U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-Arkansas) continues to respond favorably after undergoing an emergency heart surgery Tuesday to repair an acute aortic dissection.
Boozman, 63, was moved from the cardiovascular intensive care unit to a private recovery room Thursday at Mercy Hospital in Rogers.
“Senator Boozman is doing amazingly well after surgery to replace his ascending aorta,” Dr. E.J. Chauvin said in a news release issued Friday by the senator’s Washington D.C. office. Chauvin led the Mercy heart team that responded to Boozman at approximately 2 a.m. Tuesday morning and performed the surgery that lasted several hours. “One reason he is doing so well is because of his great physical condition. At this time, we expect [Boozman] to have a full recovery. He should be able to return to his full duties without any restrictions in the future.”
“The senator is mobile and conversational to the extent that he can be given the discomfort this procedure creates,” said spokesman Patrick Creamer.
Boozman, an optometrist, served Arkansas’ Third District for five terms as a U.S. Congressman. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2010.