U.S. Supreme Court

Justice Ginsburg is hospitalized after exercise, undergoes heart catheterization

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Photo by Sam Kittner)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is said to be resting comfortably after undergoing a heart catheterization on Wednesday.

Ginsburg, 81, was taken to the hospital on Tuesday evening after experiencing “discomfort” during exercise, said Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg in a press release (PDF). Surgeons installed a stent to clear a blockage in Ginsburg’s right coronary artery. The National Law Journal (sub. req.), the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.), SCOTUSblog and USA Today have stories.

The surgery was performed at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Ginsburg is expected to be released in the next 48 hours.

Ginsburg began working out with a personal trainer in 1999 after she was treated for colon cancer. She kept up with her exercise after she was treated for a second cancer affecting her pancreas. She bragged to the Washington Post last year that she was able to do 20 push-ups during her exercise routine.

Ginsburg has resisted suggestions by some liberals that she should retire to allow President Obama to nominate a replacement. “So who do you think could be nominated now that would get through the Senate that you would rather see on the court than me?” she asked in an interview this summer with the Associated Press.

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