Ford released after hospital stay for dizzy spell
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Former President Ford was released Saturday from a hospital where he had spent the night after suffering a dizzy spell while playing golf in hot weather.
Ford, 89, was released from Eisenhower Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Mary Kay Plock said Saturday evening. She declined to say when he was sent home or his condition.
Before his release, however, doctors said he was doing well.
“”He’s perfectly stable, he’s responding to treatment and he has no complaints physically,” Dr. Alan Kiselstein, the ex-president’s doctor of 15 years, said during a news conference.
The nation’s 38th president had experienced episodes of lightheadedness associated with changes in his blood pressure for several days before he came to Eisenhower Medical Center, Kiselstein said.
“”The particular causes of these episodes are multiple, complex and interactive. None of them appear life-threatening. They are rather more related to the aging process,” Kiselstein said.
Ford had a particularly severe episode of lightheadedness while playing golf in 96-degree temperatures Friday. He left the hospital that night, but the dizziness persisted and he returned.
Kiselstein said doctors were adjusting Ford’s medications.
Ford was in good spirits before leaving the hospital, said another physician, Dr. Andrew Rubin.
“”He was all smiles, openly talking about current events and feeling fine,” Rubin said.
The former president, who has a home near Vail, was inducted into the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame in October 2001. He is credited with helping bring two World Cup Ski Championships to Colorado. He also served on the board of the Vail Valley Foundation for more than 20 years.
Ford suffered a mild stroke in August 2000 when he was in Philadelphia to attend the Republican National Convention.
Ford is the nation’s only president never elected to that office or the vice presidency. President Nixon chose him as vice president to replace Spiro Agnew, who was forced from office by scandal.
Ford, a Michigan Republican, then took office as president minutes after Nixon resigned and flew off into exile following the Watergate crisis.
He declared “”our long national nightmare is over” but revived the debate a month later by granting Nixon a pardon for all crimes he committed as president. That single act, it was widely believed, cost Ford election to a term of his own in 1976.
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