In an official statement Saturday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s office acknowledged Patrick had experienced a health scare last week.

Patrick said last Thursday he had experienced chest pain, and his wife, Jan, “immediately took him to the hospital.”

“After a number of tests were negative,” the statement reads, “the doctor decided to perform one last test and a dangerous heart blockage was discovered. A stent was immediately put in place.”

The 69-year-old was first elected to the Texas Senate in 2006 where he served two terms before campaigning and being elected to the office of lieutenant governor. He is the oldest nonjudicial, statewide office holder in the Lone Star State. “He is feeling great today, and he has a prognosis for a long, healthy life,” the statement added.

Patrick was reportedly released from the hospital and will return to work later this week.

“[The lieutenant governor] is encouraging everyone to pay close attention to the warning signs regarding your heart. He wants to raise awareness about this critical health issue and will have more to say about that going forward.”

Destin Sensky

Destin Sensky serves as a Capitol Correspondent for Texas Scorecard covering the Texas Legislature, working to bring Texans the honest and accurate coverage they need to hold their elected officials in Austin accountable.