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Mar 15, 7:43 PM EDT

Bentley has brief trip to hospital for irregular heartbeat


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Gov. Robert Bentley went to the hospital briefly Tuesday evening for a recurrence of an irregular heartbeat but quickly returned to work, according to his office.

Bentley spokesman Yasamie R. August said the hospital visit was short and the governor was treated with medication.

"Governor Bentley made a short visit to the hospital last evening where he was treated with medication for a brief atrial fibrillation occurrence. He arrived at his office this morning feeling fine and ready to work," August said in a statement.

August said the governor held meetings in his office and spoke to House Republicans at their caucus meeting about talks with the Trump administration over proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.

The treatment came a week after Bentley was hospitalized overnight because of the atrial fibrillation. The governor, who is a doctor, went to the hospital because he recognized the signs of the arrhythmia. He was treated with a procedure to restore a normal rhythm.

Atrial fibrillation is a heart arrhythmia that can increase the risk of stroke if left untreated.

Bentley, 74, told reporters Tuesday morning that he was feeling great.

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