NEW BRUNSWICK - Former President George W. Bush is spending the night at a hospital in Texas after surgery to put in a heart stent.

Officials say the president's doctors found a blocked artery during a routine annual checkup. They recommended a stent to open up the artery and get blood flowing again.

Dr. Leonard Lee, a cardiologist from Robert Wood Johnson Hospital explains that patients with blockages can suffer a heart attack, chest pain, or shortness of breath. Patients experiencing those symptoms need to have the problem investigated

"If there are any significant blockages a stent would be how they could probably tackle one of those blockages," Lee said.

A spokesman says the procedure on President Bush was successful and that he is eager to resume his regular schedule.