Updated: 01/04/2014 6:39 PM
Created: 01/04/2014 3:36 PM WDIO.com
Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has been hospitalized for chest pains, according to city officials.
Rybak was taken to Abbott Northwestern Hospital Emergency Department about 1 p.m. Saturday by ambulance complaining of chest pains after cross-country skiing 7.7 miles in Theodore Wirth Park, according to a spokesperson for the hospital.
He was taken to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital cardiac catheterization lab where doctors performed an angioplasty and inserted two stents, according to the hospital. He is now resting comfortably.
At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Rybak tweeted a poem about his scare:
"My cardiac surprise/Gave me quite a start/But it proves this politician/Has a great big heart".
Immediately after he added, "By the way the ski trails at Wirth are awesome today."
A news conference about Rybak's condition was scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Saturday.
Besty Hodges was sworn in as the new mayor on Thursday. Rybak did not seek re-election for a fourth term.
Governor Mark Dayton issued a statement Saturday afternoon, saying “On behalf of all Minnesotans, I extend my very best wishes to former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and his family. We all pray for his swift and complete recovery. Our thanks go to the emergency responders and medical personnel, whose talents and training made the critical difference in the life of this outstanding leader, who has given so much to the people of Minneapolis and all of Minnesota.”
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