Alabama Speaker of the House hospitalized

Expects to be released next week

Alabama Speaker of the House hospitalized
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(WAFF) - Alabama Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon has been hospitalized with a heart issue and expects to be released following treatment over the weekend.

The Speaker of the House made the announcement via email Friday afternoon.

McCutcheon suffered mild chest pains and shortness of breath while returning from a legislative orientation session in Montgomery.

McCutcheon said he thought it was a case of bronchitis but an EKG indicated a heart issue which was confirmed by blood tests.

His physician recommended a heart catheterization, and those results showed a blood vessel had closed but did not require a stent and could be treated with medication.

During his recovery, the speaker said he will continue working on House committee assignments and other legislative issues.

McCutcheon underwent heart bypass surgery during the 2014 legislative session and returned to work before it ended.

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