Former US Vice President Mike Pence had a pacemaker procedure at a hospital in the state of Virginia on Wednesday, according to a statement on Thursday.

“Over the past two weeks, Vice President Pence experienced symptoms associated with a slow heart rate and, upon consultation with his doctors, underwent a procedure yesterday at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, Virginia, to implant a pacemaker,” it said.

“The routine surgery was successful, and he is expected to fully recover and return to normal activity in the coming days,” it added.

The 61-year-old thanked the hospital’s doctors and staff.

“My family has been truly blessed by the work of these dedicated healthcare professionals,” said Pence.

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