RT Rybak hospitalized for chest pains after cross-country skiing - KMSP-TV

Fmr Mayor Rybak suffers heart attack after cross-country skiing

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Former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was hospitalized for shortness of breath and chest pains after cross-country skiing at Theodore Wirth Park on Saturday.

Rybak was taken by ambulance to Abbott Northwestern Hospital at about 1 p.m. He was taken to the cardiac catheterization lab where doctors performed an angioplasty and inserted two stents. He was resting comfortably Saturday afternoon.

His daughter Grace Rybak said her dad is expected to be released from the hospital soon, but there was no specific timeline. She also confirmed both Rybak's father and grandfather had a history of heart problems -- while her dad is known to keep fit and eat properly, it's important to monitor one's genetics, she said.

Rybak had completed a 7.7-mile cross-country ski route before suffering the symptoms. The former mayor is taking the health scare in stride, posting the following messages on Twitter:

"My cardiac surprise/Gave me quite a start/But it proves this politician/Has a great big heart"

"By the way the ski trails at Wirth are awesome today."

Mayor Betsy Hodges who took over Rybak's position on Jan. 2 offered her well wishes on Facebook:

My thoughts and prayers are with RT and Megan and their family tonight. And I carry the message of the city: that all of us are holding them in our hearts tonight and wishing for the swiftest possible healing for RT.

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