Boozman recovering in hospital

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., remains hospitalized Wednesday as doctors monitor his recovery from heart surgery at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, according to an update from his office.

Boozman, 63, was taken to the hospital early Tuesday morning by his wife, Cathy, after suffering pain in his chest and shoulder. He was diagnosed with an acute aortic dissection and was admitted for immediate surgery.

Boozman is awake and responsive following the surgery, and doctors are pleased with his progress, according to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon.

His family issued a statement thanking the hospital staff for their efforts as well as the outpouring of support sent from friends, colleagues and Arkansans.

“We appreciate the prayers, kind words and well-wishes that have come from Arkansans and people all across the country. Our number one priority is making sure John makes a full recovery,” the family said. “We are grateful for the excellent care the doctors, nurses and medical staff are providing.”