Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher was taken to the hospital Thursday for emergency treatment of a life-threatening blood clot somewhere between his upper arm and his jugular vein.
It was the second time in a month that the 53-year-old Fletcher was hospitalized. Doctors said he was awake and alert after undergoing a procedure to remove the clot.
A blood clot can lead to a stroke or a heart attack, or can travel to the lungs with deadly consequences.
Fletcher was released from the hospital last week after an 18-day stay during which he had his gallbladder taken out and suffered a blood infection.