Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Friday, July 12, 2013 | 12:39 p.m.
U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev., returned to Las Vegas today to continue recuperating from major heart surgery performed in Fairfax, Va.
During a recent routine exam, Horsford learned he had a hereditary heart condition that required immediate surgery.
He underwent a six-way bypass procedure on July 1 at Inova Heart & Vascular Institute and was released four days later. Horsford's surgery was performed at the same hospital where former Vice President Dick Cheney underwent his heart transplant surgery.
Horsford will continue his recovery in Las Vegas and hopes "return to work shortly," according to a press release from his office today.
"It came as quite a surprise to learn of the severity of my undiagnosed heart condition from my doctor," Horsford said in a written statement. "I came out of the surgery successfully because of the people who have been by my side. I'm so grateful to my family, neighbors, friends, and colleagues whose prayers and well wishes pulled me through. I want to especially thank my wife Sonya and medical providers who gave me the strength and confidence to face this surgery head-on and to take action toward my recovery so that I am at 100 percent very soon. I will be an even stronger advocate for every single person’s right to affordable, quality, integrated health care."