(AP) — South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster was put under anesthesia for about 10 minutes Wednesday to correct a minor irregular heartbeat, his office said.
The issue was discovered when the 74-year-old governor was scheduled for knee arthroscopy on Wednesday after sustaining a minor meniscus tear while playing tennis with his wife, his office said in a statement to The Associated Press.
A preoperative electrocardiogram on Tuesday revealed the Governor’s heart rate to be normal. But a final test before the knee surgery revealed that her heartbeat was irregular, said her cardiologist, Dr Amy Rawl Epps.
“The procedure, which required the Governor’s anesthesia for 5 to 10 minutes, was a complete success,” Epps said in a statement.
McMaster was treated for atrial fibrillation where certain heart chambers beat out of sync with others, his office said.
The governor returned home after the procedure around noon and was working from the governor’s mansion later Wednesday. He will schedule his knee surgery for later, his office said.
McMaster notified Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette that he was sinking. According to the state constitution, the lieutenant governor can act as governor in an emergency if the governor is temporarily disabled.
No emergencies arose while McMaster was incapacitated, his office said.
McMaster is running for re-election this year. Because he took over the last two years of the then government. Nikki Haley tenurehe could serve for 10 years – the longest anyone has ever served as governor of South Carolina.
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