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POSTED: March 31, 2010 12:50 p.m.
ATLANTA - U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was admitted to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta on Monday night after doctors found an irregular heartbeat during a routine appointment to check Isakson's progress in recovering from a bacterial infection.
Doctors also later found a blood clot in his right calf that developed as a result of Isakson being sedentary for the past week while recovering from the bacterial infection, spokeswoman Joan Kirchner said.
Dr. Steven Marlowe, who treated Isakson last week at Northside Hospital for the bacterial infection, said he decided to refer Isakson to his cardiologist during a check-up visit Monday.
"Sen. Isakson came in for a regular follow-up visit and is progressing very well in his recovery from the bacterial infection. While he was in my office, we noticed the irregular heartbeat, and so I referred him to his cardiologist at Piedmont to have it checked out," Marlowe said.
Isakson's cardiologist, Dr. Charles Brown III, said Isakson is taking medication for the irregular heartbeat and for the blood clot. Brown said blood clots are not unusual when patients are sedentary for many days in a row.
"It is common to find a blood clot in someone who has been in bed recovering for a week as Sen. Isakson has. It is routine procedure to admit that patient into the hospital while they are being treated for the clot, and I expect Sen. Isakson will remain here for a few days," Brown said.
Isakson, 65, was hospitalized for four days last week with a bacterial infection. Doctors sent him home on March 25 on the condition that he rest and come in for regular follow-up visits to monitor his progress.
 

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