US Senator Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., recovering after emergency quadruple bypass heart surgery in Tulsa

TULSA - Former mayor of Tulsa and U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe announced Tuesday he underwent emergency heart surgery only three days earlier and is working his way back to good health.

In a statement, Inhofe explained a routine doctor's visit uncovered significant heart problems, leading doctors to perform a quadruple bypass surgery on the 78-year-old Friday at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.

Inhofe said he was "shocked" by the discovery, but was hopeful he would make a full recovery. "Today, I am feeling great and am fully engaged with my work here in Oklahoma ... I may miss some upcoming votes on the Continuing Resolution, but my doctors agree I will return soon and even stronger to continue the fight to protect Oklahomans' freedoms."
 

Sarah Palin offered Inhofe encouragement shortly after, tweeting:

 

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