The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 2, 2009
Chiang diagnosis: Mild heart attack

Here's a follow up on Controller John Chiang's condition. As we reported earlier this week, he went to a Fort Worth hospital last Friday with chest pains.

Controller John Chiang admitted himself into Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas on 12/26/08 for evaluation and treatment of chest discomfort.

Testing during his hospitalization revealed evidence of a mild heart attack. According to his attending physician, he demonstrated an excellent response to treatment and was subsequently discharged on 1/1/09.

During his hospitalization, the Controller was in daily contact with his office and actively directed its fiscal oversight operations, which included planning for the projected cash crunch in February.

His attending physician has prescribed rest and follow-up evaluation by the Controller's personal doctor. He anticipates the Controller will continue with the excellent progress he has made to date in his recuperation. The Controller remains in good condition and looks forward to returning to the office next week.

Jacob Roper
Office of State Controller John Chiang

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