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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Vice President Mike Pence with Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Jan 23 2020

Former US Vice President Mike Pence underwent heart surgery on Wednesday after he experienced “symptoms associated with a slow heart rate,” a statement from his office said.

Describing the operation as “routine surgery,” the statement added that Pence is “expected to fully recover and return to normal activity in the coming days.”

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The former Vice President said in the statement that he is “grateful for the swift professionalism and care of the outstanding doctors, nurses and staff at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute, including Dr. Brett Atwater and Dr. Behnam Tehrani.” The medical center is in Falls Church, Virginia.

“I also appreciate the consultation of my longtime Indiana physicians, Dr. Michael Busk and Dr. Charles Taliercio at Ascension St. Vincent. My family has been truly blessed by the work of these dedicated healthcare professionals,” Pence added.

Pence’s medical history includes a diagnosis of asymptomatic left bundle branch block, the statement said.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.