Washington Bob Dole will undergo a medical procedure next week to treat an aneurysm, his spokesman confirmed Thursday.
Dole, who turns 78 next month, elected to have an angioplasty following a routine checkup about two weeks ago at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said the spokesman, Doug MacKinnon.
He suffers from a condition called abdominal aortic aneurysm, which doctors first detected during another checkup two or three years ago, MacKinnon said.
"It's something he's been following for the last two or three years; it's nothing critical," MacKinnon said.
The 1996 GOP presidential nominee feels fine, his spokesman said.
"He's here in the office, slaving away at his desk," MacKinnon said. The former Kansas senator works for the Washington lobbying firm of Verner, Lipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand.
An aneurysm is a weak bulge on the body's biggest blood vessel that, if it grows large enough, can burst and kill nearly instantly. Angioplasty uses tiny balloons to squeeze open clogged vessels.
An estimated 15,000 die each year from an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which killed actor George C. Scott last September. It afflicts an estimated 1.5 million older Americans, killing about 15,000 each year.
Dole will be treated June 28 at the Cleveland Clinic and expects to return home to Washington by the evening of July 1, MacKinnon said.
Dole was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1991 and underwent surgery that doctors said rid him of the disease.