R.T. Rybak suffers heart attack while cross-country skiing

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Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak is resting with his family at Abbott Northwestern Hospital after undergoing an angioplasty and stent placement earlier today.

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Rybak had been cross-country skiing at Theodore Wirth Park early Saturday afternoon when he felt chest pains. He was transported to the hospital via ambulance, where doctors performed a procedure that inserted two stents.

As rumors about his condition swirled, Rybak confirmed he was alive and well in one of his trademark poem tweets.
Here's a description of the non-surgical procedure that Rybak underwent:
Coronary angioplasty (AN-jee-o-plas-tee), also called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is a procedure used to open clogged heart arteries. Angioplasty involves temporarily inserting and blowing up a tiny balloon where your artery is clogged to help widen the artery. 

Angioplasty is often combined with the permanent placement of a small wire mesh tube called a stent to help prop the artery open and decrease the chance of it narrowing again. Some stents are coated with medication to help keep your artery open (drug-eluting stents), while others are not (bare-metal stents).

Rybak, 58, ended his 12-year term as mayor Thursday when Betsy Hodges was sworn in as his replacement.

Gov. Mark Dayton's office has released the following statement regarding Rybak's heart attack:
"On behalf of all Minnesotans, I extend my very best wishes to former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and his family. We all pray for his swift and complete recovery. 

Our thanks go to the emergency responders and medical personnel, whose talents and training made the critical difference in the life of this outstanding leader, who has given so much to the people of Minneapolis and all of Minnesota."
-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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poshh5
poshh5

I wish R.T. Rybak  a quick recovery. Some people think that they are immortal and permanently trash other people everyday. Some of them call themselves conservatives. But most people don't agree with their believes and are doing good things.  http://ow.ly/sihdv

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

God is punishing him for all the fucking bike lanes that have totally messed up the city streets!

Noah Kristoffer
Noah Kristoffer

I actually like RT. He is a nice person. may not ALWAYS agree with his politics but outside that arena he is a nice guy....Now his wife is another story.....

Diane Rasmussen
Diane Rasmussen

It also makes a notification on their page so their friends can see it.

Kevin Ingram
Kevin Ingram

you only get one you take care of it appreciate it. know your family history. it's not always about your physical appearance on the outside. my thoughts and prayers and blessings for a full recovery.

Michael Mitchell
Michael Mitchell

Get well RT!!! Great to hear you are in great medical care! Speedy recovery Mayor!

Jason Portinga
Jason Portinga

I'm glad the situation isn't as dire as your headlines would lead to believe. Tacky-ass journalism, City Pages.

Hubert Temba
Hubert Temba

The phrase "massive heart attack" is a big one. I hope you are correct.

John Alverson
John Alverson

Phuch! I thought he was healthy as a loon. Thanks dude. I depend on the VA now. Did the shank hoes increase funding? I called for an appointment Dec 8th. Their first appointment was Jan 31. Guess what, GFY. Miserable POS with healthcare.

Ellae Wilson
Ellae Wilson

Wishing him a recovery that is quick and complete!

Marsha Conner
Marsha Conner

Best wishes for a full recovery to an awesome man!!

Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

Wishing a speedy recovery. Hope to see him crowd surfing at the next doomtree show!

Liesl Werner Thomas
Liesl Werner Thomas

Well, Hell. Heal quickly, R.T., so you can enjoy your newfound freedom!

Brenda Lemmer
Brenda Lemmer

Can't believe it - hope for healing & smooth recovery

Katherine Werner
Katherine Werner

Hmmm.....would you have preferred he have a heart attack on a week day?

Callwaiting
Callwaiting

RT

Page 82 - Where the Good Men Are - you are a Good Man.

My best wishes and may the LORD be with you in your recovery.

Larry

 

Bob Collins
Bob Collins

Solid reporting there. Well, except for it being wrong and all re:massive.

Christina Nelson Wendt
Christina Nelson Wendt

I wonder if the Mpls firefighters that he laid off twice in his career were the first responders? Because WHY would we ever need firefighters in supply??!! I am glad he is safe and resting well.

Kathy Wright
Kathy Wright

Hope he's going to be okay! One of the best Mayor's ever!!

Robyn Sackett
Robyn Sackett

Rest well, R. T., John and I wish you a complete and speedy recovery. Listen to your medical team, as we have learned, they know what they are doing and they do it well.

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