Crouse Health Online: Wellness is just a click away.
  |  Connect with Us: 
large
med
small
Text Size
 

Health News



Ex-President George H.W. Bush Remains Hospitalized

Ex-President George H.W. Bush Remains Hospitalized

12/03/12

MONDAY, Dec. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Former President George H.W. Bush remained Monday in a Houston hospital, where he has been treated for bronchitis and a lingering cough.

A spokesman for Methodist Hospital said the 88-year-old Bush remains in stable condition. Previously, aides said the 41st president would probably be discharged over the weekend. He has been in and out of the hospital for treatment of the cough and bronchitis, the Associated Pressreported.

Bush, who was president from 1989 to 1993, and is the father of former President George W. Bush, has been in the hospital several times recently for treatment of bronchitis, the APreported.

The doctor in charge of his care, Dr. Amy Myunderse, said late last week that the elder Bush's condition was never life-threatening.

"Anytime someone the president's age has bronchitis, there's concern about possible pneumonia," Myunderse said. "But Mr. Bush's condition never progressed to that level."

Dr. Sumita Khatri, a pulmonologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, said that as "someone gets older they are at more risk of getting chronic medical problems."

Khatri, who is not involved in Bush's care, added that "these problems increase the likelihood of getting infections like bronchitis. This can lead to pneumonia if it's bacterial."

Pneumonia is a much more serious condition, which is fatal in many elderly people.

Khatri noted that Bush also suffers from Parkinson's disease, which is a neurological problem that can affect muscle tone, including the muscles of the respiratory system.

Bush's condition appears not to be one that can be treated at home, which is why he is in the hospital where there is care and monitoring around the clock. Doctors want to see that the condition is "turning the corner and not progressing to the lower lungs and becoming pneumonia," Khatri said.

Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, added that "one thing people need to know is that over the age of 65 people should get a pneumonia vaccination."

More information

For more on bronchitis, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Copyright © 2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

OF INTEREST:
 

Latest News

Cicero Couple Express Gratitude to Crouse Staff for the Best in Maternity Patient Care
more >

MedEx Bedside Prescription Delivery Service

Free service offers convenience, patient education at discharge.
more >

Weight Loss Surgery

Is it right for you? Attend a free information seminar held twice monthly.
more >

Quality at Crouse

See how Crouse Hospital strives to provide the best in patient care.
more >

Cheer Up That Special Someone

Say get well or welcome a new arrival with a gift purchased right at Crouse.

more >

Make an Online Donation Now

Your donation of any amount helps support Crouse services & programs in a meaningful way.
more >

Shop Online Now

Say get well, thinking of you or welcome new baby with a unique gift from the Crouse Gift Shop.

more >