Former Vice President Mike Pence undergoes surgery to implant a pacemaker

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Former Vice President Mike Pence. Scott J. Applewhite/AP
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence had surgery on Wednesday to install a pacemaker.

  • He had been having symptoms related to a "slow heart rate" in the past two weeks, a statement said.

  • Pence "is expected to fully recover and return to normal activity" soon, the statement added.

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Former Vice President Mike Pence underwent surgery on Wednesday to implant a pacemaker, a statement from his office said Thursday.

Pence had been experiencing symptoms related to a "slow heart rate" over the past two weeks, which led to the procedure, the statement said. It took place at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, Virginia.

The surgery was "successful," and Pence "is expected to fully recover and return to normal activity in the coming days," the statement added.

A pacemaker is a small device installed in a person's chest to help regulate their heartbeat. On the 2016 campaign trail, Pence disclosed his medical diagnosis of an asymptomatic left bundle branch block.

"I am grateful for the swift professionalism and care of the outstanding doctors, nurses and staff at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute," Pence said in the statement. "My family has been truly blessed by the work of these dedicated healthcare professionals."

Since leaving office in January, Pence has largely kept out of the national spotlight. In February, he announced plans to launch a conservative podcast. The former vice president is also rumored to run for president in 2024.

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