Former US vice president Mike Pence has received a heart pacemaker device during routine surgery and is expected to fully recover, his spokesman says.
Pence, 61, who previously disclosed an "asymptomatic" heart condition, underwent the procedure at the Inova Fairfax medical facility in Virginia after experiencing symptoms associated with a slow heart rate over the past two weeks, spokesman Devin O'Malley said in a statement.
"I am grateful for the swift professionalism and care of the outstanding doctors, nurses and staff at Inova Heart and Vascular Institute," Pence said in a statement, adding thanks to his doctors in his home state of Indiana.
When he was nominated as Donald Trump's running mate in the 2016 presidential election, the former Indiana governor disclosed his medical history including a diagnosis of asymptomatic left bundle branch block, a condition that can be a sign of an underlying heart condition.
"The routine surgery was successful and he is expected to fully recover and return to normal activity in the coming days," O'Malley said.
Australian Associated Press