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McBride to leave hospital today

The former gubernatorial candidate, who collapsed Tuesday, underwent an angioplasty Thursday.

Published October 4, 2003

TAMPA - Bill McBride, the former candidate for governor who collapsed while exercising at the Harbour Island Athletic Club & Spa this week, is expected to be released from the hospital today, a family friend said.

His condition was detailed publicly for the first time in a statement released Friday by his family. McBride, 58, suffered from a closure of one of his coronary arteries, according to Dr. Joel Strom, director of cardiovascular disease for the University of South Florida College of Medicine and an attending physician at Tampa General Hospital.

"This caused his heart to beat rapidly and irregularly," Strom said in the written statement.

McBride underwent an angioplasty Thursday, in which doctors inserted a stent into the artery to open it.

The procedure was successful and McBride "is now making a speedy recovery," according to Strom.

McBride did not suffer a heart attack, law partner Bob Bolt said.

"All indications are that it wasn't (a heart attack)," Bolt said. "It did not reach that degree of seriousness."

Bolt said medical tests came back normal and that there were no traces of the enzymes normally found in the blood of heart attack patients.

Cardiologist Stephen Glasser, who is not treating McBride, said it would be medically classified as a heart attack if there was heart muscle damage.

"Lay people tend to use heart attack for any kind of heart event," said Glasser, who works at the University of South Florida and the University of Minnesota. "Unless there is subsequent heart muscle damage, medically, it would not be a heart attack."

McBride was running on the athletic club's treadmill Tuesday when he collapsed. The club's staff used a portable defibrillator to administer a shock to his heart and revive him. "Mr. McBride and his family thank the Harbour Island staff and patrons whose timely intervention restored his heartbeat," the family said in the written statement Friday. "They also thank the Tampa Fire Rescue personnel who transported him to the hospital and the Tampa General physicians and staff for their kind and concerned care."

McBride plans to go home today, Bolt said.

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