According to his Maryville office, Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) is recovering following non-surgical heart
procedures at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.
Shimkus underwent an electrophysiology test then an ablation earlier today, and doctors expect a full and healthy recovery.
Shimkus noticed an abnormal heart rhythm and sought medical advice prior to today’s scheduled procedures.
Following the procedures, he will be recuperating at home; thus, he will miss all House votes in Washington this week. In addition, he will be unable to attend a hearing in the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy that he chairs.
It is anticipated that Shimkus will return to his normal work schedule the week of July 15. In March 2005 Shimkus had open heart surgery to repair a genetic valve condition. This heart arrhythmia is also a genetic condition.