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Rush Limbaugh says tests clear him of health problems

By Duane Shimogawa bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After suffering chest pains this past Wednesday, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was discharged from The Queen's Medical Center Friday.

Limbaugh and his doctor spoke to the media for the first time since the incident happened. He says doctors found nothing wrong with his heart after numerous tests.

He says he most likely suffered a spasm in an artery leading to his heart.

A crowded room of national media switched gears Friday morning. Instead of covering the vacationing President Obama, the tiresome group rushed to Queen's for a Rush Limbaugh announcement.

The first thing Limbaugh addressed wasn't his health. Instead, he thanked the Kahala Hotel and Resort and Queen's.

"Their security staff reacted like that to my distress call at 2:30 on Wednesday afternoon," Limbaugh said. "The people at Queens Hospital could not have been better, I feel very, very fortunate, I've been treated to the best healthcare the world has to offer."

This past Wednesday afternoon, Limbaugh says he felt pain coming from his upper left chest. A pain like he's never experienced before.

It sparked questions about his controversial past with painkillers.

"Are you taking painkillers for your back pain?" A reporter asked. "No, Prednisone," Rush said.

Limbaugh then sat down and tried to walk it off, but the pain was still there. That's when he called security and just 20 minutes later he was at The Queen's Medical Center, undergoing extensive tests. He says the pain went away a half hour later.

"The pain was real and they don't know what caused it and I think for everybody out there, I'm 58, will be 59 in couple of weeks, and you start thinking about these kinds of things, don't mess with it," he said.

The doctor who treated him agrees.

"If you think you're having a heart problem, call for help, call 911, get to the hospital and get to a doctor's attention because time is very important," The Queen's Medical Center's chief of cardiovascular disease Dr. Joana Magno said.

And for extra pre-caution, Limbaugh got an angiogram. But nothing turned up, no arterial disease, no coronary disease. His best guess is an artery spasm.

"Turn it over to professionals right off the bat, don't tough it out, don't try to make it go away on your own, it's not worth the risk," he said.

Limbaugh says he got no special treatment from hospital staff. He says his time there felt like a hotel stay.

"Takes things like this to prepare you in life for the eventuality that you are getting older, not as young as you were and not as invincible as you once thought you were," he said.

He says he'll return to work on Wednesday.

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