US Sen. Boozman recovering from heart surgery

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Boozman's office says the Republican senator from Arkansas remains hospitalized Wednesday after undergoing unexpected heart surgery a day earlier for a tear in his aorta.

His office says that Boozman's wife took him to a hospital in northwestern Arkansas on Tuesday for pain in the senator's chest and shoulder. Boozman spokesman Patrick Creamer says the senator was diagnosed with an acute aortic dissection, which is a tear in the aorta, a large blood vessel branching off the heart.

Creamer says the 63-year-old Boozman responded well to the surgery, which lasted several hours. The senator remains hospitalized but has been awake and met with his family.

Creamer says he doesn't know how long Boozman will be in recovery.

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