Legendary A.J. Foyt undergoes successful triple bypass surgery

From team press release

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt underwent successful coronary bypass surgery Wednesday in Houston after being diagnosed with blockages on Monday.

Foyt, 79, had been admitted to the Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center on Friday with intermittent chest pains but initial testing results were inconclusive.

However, a cardiac catheterization procedure performed Monday revealed blockages in arteries where Foyt had several stents from past procedures.

Foyt has had a number of stays in various Houston hospitals in recent years, most of which were related to injuries stemming from his 1990 Indy car accident at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Last year he underwent back surgery and had his left hip and right knee replaced in separate surgeries, and in 2012, he battled back from a life-threatening staph infection after surgery to remove bone spurs in his artificial left knee, which had been replaced in 2006.

Foy also won the Daytona 500 NASCAR race in 1972, as well as the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona.


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