Wheeler out of hospital after angioplasty | NevadaAppeal.com

Wheeler out of hospital after angioplasty

Douglas County Assemblyman Jim Wheeler was released from Carson Tahoe hospital Monday morning after undergoing angioplasty to open two partially blocked arteries.

Wheeler, a Republican, said he should be back to normal in four or five days.

“I’m fine,” he said, adding that he was on his way home from the hospital. “I had some chest pains the day before loading some hay and said, That’s weird. Then I had them again the next morning and Eileen said, Let’s go get it checked out.”

He said the procedure performed by cardiologist Nathan Ho included the angioplasty and implanting two stents to open the arteries.

Dr. Ho said Wheeler’s quick action getting to the hospital apparently prevented any damage to his heart.

“Like I said on Twitter, reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” Wheeler said.

He said he plans to be back on the campaign trail this coming weekend.