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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Underwent Emergency Heart Surgery

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is in a Washington hospital, recovering from an emergency heart surgery that implanted a stent in a coronary artery, the high court announced.

Ginsburg, 81, is a two-time cancer survivor. She is expected to be released sometime in the next 48 hours, according to the court statement. She was hospitalized after experiencing discomfort last night during exercise at the court. Doctors found a blockage in her right coronary artery.

Ginsburg is expects to participate in the normal court schedule next week, according the court’s spokeswoman.

Samir Kapadia, director of the Sones Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, said: “This is a very routine procedure and shouldn’t pose any significant risk.” Kapadia suggested the recurrence rate was only in 10 percent of these cases.

Despite her struggle with colon cancer in 1999 and pancreatic cancer in 2009, Ginsburg, the court’s oldest justice, has been proud of not missing any of the court’s public sessions, Bloomberg News noted.

Ginsburg has insisted she has no plans to retire. In an interview with the New Republic this fall, she said: “As long as I can do the job full steam, I will stay here.”

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