Duffy is back in hospital for his heart

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Senator Mike Duffy underwent open heart surgery yesterday at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

This is the second time. Duffy went under the knife in 2006 to clean out his arteries.

It was Dr. Marc Ruel, head of the cardiology unit who was in charge of the proceedings, which began at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.

His wife, Heather Duffy said later:  "The operation went well and he is resting in the recovery unit."

Duffy was suspended from the Senate last month following an investigation by the RCMP into unjustified Senate expenditures.

A few weeks ago, Duffy was on sick leave because of his heart condition.

"At the end of August, I was at home suffering from unstable angina and I spent two days at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital," Duffy wrote in a press release.

"During my medical exam this week, my doctor in Ottawa feared that my disease had progressed. "

Unstable angina refers to chest pain caused by poor blood circulation to the heart. It may be a harbinger of a real heart attack.

The review this week revealed several blockages in the senator’s arteries.

Duffy is still under investigation by the RCMP $ 90,000 in claims for housing expenses and travel and per diem claims that the senate ruled were unjustified.

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