American Heart Association president suffers heart attack during California conference

American Heart Association President John Warner, MD, is in stable condition after suffering a minor heart attack Monday morning while attending a scientific conference in California, according to the Dallas Morning News.

A statement released by the organization said Dr. Warner's surgery involved inserting a stent to open an artery, according to the report.

Dr. Warner, who also serves as vice president and CEO of Dallas-based UT Southwestern Hospitals, delivered a speech the previous day discussing the role heart disease has played in his family. He said both his father and paternal grandfather underwent heart bypass surgery in their 60s, and his maternal grandfather and great-grandfather both died of heart disease, the report states.

AHA CEO Nancy Brown told the Dallas Morning News in a written statement Dr. Warner hoped his heart attack underscored the message of his speech, that "much progress has been made, but much remains to be done. Cardiac events can still happen anytime and anywhere."

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