U.S. Rep. John Shimkus Undergoes Heart Procedure

MARYVILLE, Ill. (AP) – U.S. Rep. John Shimkus’ office says doctors performed two medical procedures on his heart after he noticed his heart was beating with an abnormal rhythm.

The Republican congressman’s office say doctors in St. Louis earlier Tuesday performed an electrophysiology test and a procedure known as an ablation. An ablation is a non-surgical procedure used to correct an abnormal heart beat.

Shimkus’ office says doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

Shimkus is at home in Collinsville and will miss all House of Representatives votes this week. He plans to return to a normal work schedule the week of July 15.

The 55-year-old Shimkus represents Illinois 15th Congressional District. He’s been a member of Congress since 1997.

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