Former President Bill Clinton was hospitalized Thursday in New York City after experiencing chest pains, according to a spokesman.

"Today President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital after feeling discomfort in his chest," spokesman Doug Band said in a statement. "Following a visit to his cardiologist, he underwent a procedure to place two stents in one of his coronary arteries."

"President Clinton is in good spirits, and will continue to focus on the work of his Foundation and Haiti's relief and long-term recovery efforts," said the spokesman.
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A stent is small mesh tube that is used to treat narrowed or weakened arteries.

A hospital source said that Clinton called the head of cardiology at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital two days ago, saying that he was not feeling well. Clinton was originally scheduled to come in to the hospital Wdnesday but postponed the appointment until Thursday.

Clinton's wife, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, planned to New York City Thursday from Washington D.C., NBC confirmed.

In 2004, Clinton underwent a successful quadruple bypass operation to free four blocked arteries.

NBC's Robert Windrem and Andrea Mitchell contributed to this report.