Supreme Court

Justice Ginsburg has surgery for coronary blockage

Supreme Court justice has stent placed after coronary blockage discovered


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had surgery Wednesday morning to replace a stent in her right coronary artery.

Ginsburg, 81, is resting comfortably and is expected to leave a Washington-area hospital within 48 hours.

Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said Ginsburg had the procedure at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after a coronary blockage was discovered. Ginsburg experienced some discomfort Tuesday night during routine exercise and was taken to the hospital.

Ginsburg has been on the court since 1993.