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| 8/9/2010 12:00:00 AM

New Colombian vice president undergoing surgery after heart attack

August 9--Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon was undergoing surgery for a heart attack Monday, two days after taking office, a hospital director said at a news conference.

Garzon underwent a cardiac catheterization procedure early Monday that showed he had several blocked arteries and needed heart surgery, said Carlos Alberto Cardona, scientific director at the Clinica Shaio cardiac center.

The new vice president arrived at the clinic between 6 and 6:30 a.m. (7 to 7:30 a.m. ET), said hospital spokesman Diego Cruz. Clinica Shaio is located in Bogota, the nation's capital.

Garzon, 63, was sworn into office Saturday as vice president for new President Juan Manuel Santos.
 
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