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Rybak Released from Hospital After Heart Attack, Family Says He is in Good Spirits

Updated: 01/07/2014 7:23 PM
Created: 01/07/2014 3:44 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was released from Abbott Northwestern Hospital Tuesday afternoon, three days after suffering a heart attack, according to officials.

The following statement was issued by Rybak's former press secretary Andy Holmaas:

“Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was released from Abbott Northwestern Hospital this afternoon. Doctors performed two angioplasty procedures and inserted six stents from Saturday, Jan. 5 – Tuesday, Jan. 7. R.T. is in great spirits and has returned to his usual self, often joking and being certain that people know the trails were outstanding on Saturday and are aware he skied 7.7 miles before friends called 911.”

“He'll be recuperating over the next couple of weeks and beginning work soon after. The family is hoping others will learn from this experience making sure that everyone in their family is aware of their medical health history.”

The entire family is incredibly thankful for the care provided by Abbott Northwestern and the overwhelming support from the community, according to Holmaas.

Rybak arrived at the emergency room by ambulance at 1 p.m. Saturday, reporting shortness of breath and chest pains after cross-country skiing in Theodore Wirth Park, according to Abbott.

Rybak had two procedures done by Monday after suffering the heart attack Saturday.

No further details were available.

Photo: Rybak's Twitter Account

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