Monrovia-Republican, Alabama Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon was hospitalized after suffering mild chest pains and shortness of breath on his way home from legislative orientation in Montgomery Thursday night.
McCutcheon announced his hospitalization on Friday, saying he expects to be released following treatment over the weekend.
“Deb and I appreciate the prayers of healing that so many have made on my behalf, and I am well on the road to recovery,” McCutcheon said. “Tests indicated that I had a blocked blood vessel in my heart, which resulted in the fatigue and shortness of breath that I felt, and the issue will be treated with simple medication.”
McCutcheon said he first assumed he was suffering from a case of bronchitis, but an EKG indicated a heart issue, which blood tests later confirmed. His physician recommended a heart catheterization, and those results showed a blood vessel had closed but did not require a stent and could be treated with medication.
During his recovery, the speaker said he will continue working on House committee assignments and other legislative issues in preparation for the upcoming organizational and regular sessions of the Alabama Legislature.
During the 2014 legislative session, McCutcheon underwent heart bypass surgery and returned to work before the session’s end.