Hopkins in stable condition after bypass

September 02, 1992|By JoAnna Daemmrich | JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer

Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins was recovering last night after heart bypass surgery, and city officials said they expected him out of the hospital by the end of the week.

The mayor will celebrate his 67th birthday today at Washington Hospital Center, where he underwent the operation after a fainting spell led doctors to discover he had a blocked coronary artery.

A hospital spokeswoman said Mr. Hopkins came through the operation and was in stable condition last night.

Mr. Hopkins was admitted Sunday night, three days after fainting during the NFL pre-season football game at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. His physician said the mayor did not have a heart attack.

Dr. Jorge Garcia, who performed a similar operation earlier this year on Pat Buchanan, the conservative Republican columnist and former presidential hopeful, operated on Mr. Hopkins. The surgery was initially scheduled for 7:30 a.m. but was postponed until late in the afternoon.

City Administrator Michael Mallinoff said the mayor was upbeat and "not at all worried" when he visited before his operation.

Mr. Hopkins apparently has been suffering from a cholesterol problem for several years, Mr. Mallinoff said. The mayor underwent surgery for an ulcerated vein in his neck on New Year's Day 1991, which also may have been caused by high cholesterol levels.

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