David Pryor Hospitalized for Heart Condition

OCTOBER 10, 2006 - Posted at 2:02 p.m. CDT, updated at 2:21 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - K8 News has learned that former U.S. Senator David Pryor (D) of Arkansas has been hospitalized for an apparent heart condition, and is expected to undergo open-heart surgery tomorrow.

According to the office of Pryor's son, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D), the elder Pryor was admitted to UAMS in Little Rock last night for chest pains.  His condition is reported as stable at this time, but he is expected to "undergo extensive open-heart surgery tomorrow."

Mark Pryor released the following statement this afternoon:

"My father's doctors are prescribing the necessary treatment for a full recovery.  It is a comfort to know that he is under the care of some of the best doctors in the nation at UAMS.  Since Dad's last heart episode, 14 years ago, he remains physically fit and watches his diet and exercicse.  He has been a model patient.  Of course, bed rest will be the most difficult aspect for him with such an active schedule.  On behalf of my mother, Barbara, and brothers, David and Scott and our families, we ask for your continued prayer, support and friendship."

Following a six-year term in the Arkansas Legislature from 1960 to 1966 and a term in the U.S. House that concluded in 1973.  He was then elected Governor of the state in 1975, where he served until 1979.  Pryor then served Arkansas in the U.S. Senate from 1978 to 1996.