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Limbaugh: Tests show no ailments after chest pain

Friday, January 1, 2010

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Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh speaks during a news conference at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. Limbaugh was taken to the hospital after experiencing chest pains similar to a heart attack Wednesday during a vacation.
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HONOLULU (AP) -- Conservative talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh said Friday tests showed nothing was wrong with his heart after he was hospitalized with chest pains.

Limbaugh, 58, was released from The Queen's Medical Center two days after he was rushed there during a vacation. Doctors said he did not have a heart attack or heart disease.

"The pain was real, and they don't know what caused it," Limbaugh said, adding his best guess was he had a spasm in an artery.

Limbaugh, a Cape Girardeau native, said he was not taking painkillers.

In 2003, he acknowledged an addiction to painkillers for severe back pain and took a five-week leave from his radio show to enter rehab.

Limbaugh couldn't resist a few political comments during his short news conference at the Honolulu hospital.

One appeared to be aimed at health care reform, when he said he got the best health treatment in the world "right here in the United States of America."

"I don't think there's one thing wrong with the American health care system," Limbaugh said. "I got no special treatment other than what anybody else that would have called 911 and had been brought in with the same kinds of symptoms."

Caller after caller to his show Thursday sent get-well wishes. Friday's show was a "Best of Rush" special.

In a poll last month, Americans called Limbaugh the nation's most influential conservative voice. More than 14 million people listen to his show at least once a week, making him the nation's highest-rated broadcaster.

Limbaugh called his health scare a "blessing in disguise."

"It takes things like this in life maybe to prepare you for the eventuality that you are getting older, you're not as young as you were, and not as invincible as you once thought you were," he said.

Limbaugh said when he first felt the chest pain, he walked around, sat down then quickly called for help. He was in the hospital within 20 minutes.

Dr. Joana Magno, a cardiologist who treated Limbaugh at the hospital, urged people to call for help immediately if they think they have a heart problem.

"Time is very, very important, and the sooner you can get to the medical care for your heart, the sooner we know what the problems are and the sooner we can treat it," Magno said.

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Maybe a crapload more prescription drugs than any single junkie could consume in a lifetime will make him feel better.

-- Posted by heye1967 on Fri, Jan 1, 2010, at 7:05 PM

heye1967,

Your adddiction to lunacy is showing!!!

-- Posted by Balmy on Fri, Jan 1, 2010, at 7:53 PM

heye1967

You always say drugs should be legal. It must be different now . Right?

-- Posted by Wiff on Fri, Jan 1, 2010, at 8:08 PM

heye1967- your hypocrisy is showing

-- Posted by Skeptic1 on Fri, Jan 1, 2010, at 8:17 PM

probably ran out of oxicodoin(due to that terrible back pain from all that hard labor.)

-- Posted by workingdude on Fri, Jan 1, 2010, at 9:23 PM

A spasm in an artery, eh? If he would stop screaming maybe this would've never happened.

-- Posted by SilverPants on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 1:14 AM

You people are mean. Must be liberals!!

-- Posted by agape on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 5:48 AM

I have never heard anyone say we don't have the best health care available in the world. I do hear that it is unaffordable for a lot of people. Most people could have gotten the same attention Limbaugh got, however, they may have had to file bankruptcy after the treatment. If everyone had his income, I'm sure there would never be discussion about health care.

-- Posted by howdydoody on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 8:50 AM

Is anyone surprised he would have chest pains? He abused drugs, is a little overwieght, and yells all the time. Good for him to go see a doc though, that way the doc could tell him how full of it he is!!!

-- Posted by Please_Explain on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 9:09 AM

they checked his heart and found nothing.

-- Posted by workingdude on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 9:50 AM

"I don't think there's one thing wrong with the American health care system," Limbaugh said.

LOL, just wait until he gets the bill!

-- Posted by grandma73 on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 9:53 AM

Granny, unlike a whole pant load of losers out there, Rush will actually pay his bill. The guv'ment pays the bill for bungholes who would rather spend their money on tats, grills, cigs, beer, cell phones & South Pole clothing. The rest of us pay our way, and probably yours, too. {And Heye's, workingdude (probably on welfare), and Please Explain's bills, too.}

I love how the "compassionite" libs love to go & trash conservatives. Did we hear anyone on the right saying "I can't wait 'til Ted Kennedy dies", or "Teddy got what he deserved--Liberal Murderer Creep!". No you didn't hear that. You all make me sick.

On a brighter note, Rush glad to hear you're good to go.

-- Posted by Just__Me on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 12:27 PM

Just__Me, actually I did see those comments on this site after Kennedy's death.

Yes, Limbaugh will pay his bill but he will never see it. I'm sure he has 'people' for that.

-- Posted by Turnip on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 12:32 PM

Wait till he sees how much cheaper he could have gotten his oxycontin from his housekeeper than what hes gonna pay the hospital for it.That could be a whole show for the man.....that might get his attention LOLOLOLOLOL!

-- Posted by Chickenlips on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 12:40 PM

Wait till he sees how much cheaper he could have gotten his oxycontin from his housekeeper than what hes gonna pay the hospital for it.That could be a whole show for the man.....that might get his attention LOLOLOLOLOL!

-- Posted by CHICKENLIPS on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 12:40 PM

He can't take it anymore.

-- Posted by Wiff on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 1:08 PM

Wait till he sees how much cheaper he could have gotten his oxycontin from his housekeeper than what hes gonna pay the hospital for it.That could be a whole show for the man.....that might get his attention LOLOLOLOLOL!

-- Posted by CHICKENLIPS on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 12:40 PM

He can't take it anymore.

-- Posted by Wiff on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 1:08 PM

just_me,

As I understand it, the new bill that passed the senate would have a family of 4 that make $70,000 per year would have to pay about $7500 to have insurance, and total out of pocket around $15,000. This is a slight improvement of what that standard family of 4 making $70K would be paying now. Not much improvement I agree, but I bet Rush will not pay 20% of this years income to pay his hospital bill.

If he did, the bad thing for Rush is that it happened in December, right at the end of the calender year. Now he'll have to pay that maximum amount for any follow ups in 2010. Gee wiz...,The insurance company comes out ahead in that situation, huh?

The better thing about this new bill is that a family of 4 that makes $30,000 per year will also only have to pay 20% of their income, not the 40% that they would have to pay currently. Wake up people! "Average" people can not afford insurance in this country.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 4:03 PM

.. add I might ad that family of 4 that makes $200K per year would only pay 5% max out of pocket.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 6:14 PM

Sorry for the spelling. I didn't take my overpriced pills today.

-- Posted by grandma73 on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 6:16 PM

Jeez.

Don't you realize that healthcare will be much LESS accessible once the guv'ment has control? Even the Mayo Clinic in AZ has stopped accepting Medicare?

How many docs are going to remain practicing if this goes into place?

There are real, workable solutions, but unfortunately, our "senators" & "representatives" won't answer their phones.

-- Posted by Just__Me on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 7:57 PM

Granny, even a tick drops off the guv'ment tit once in a while.

-- Posted by Just__Me on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 7:58 PM

Pull your britches up!

-- Posted by grandma73 on Sat, Jan 2, 2010, at 9:57 PM

Just__Me, don't listen to Grandma - pull your britches down!

http://www.semissourian.com/forums/speak...

-- Posted by Ediacaran on Sun, Jan 3, 2010, at 5:07 AM

nope, never been on welfare. same place for 25 yrs. since i don't like rush, i'm on welfare. that's a good one!!

-- Posted by workingdude on Sun, Jan 3, 2010, at 5:53 PM

i grew up 2 doors from the limbaughs. so i no bull sh.. when i hear it.

-- Posted by UNOIT2 on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 2:42 AM


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