Justice Anthony Kennedy Hospitalized

Anthony Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy was hospitalized over the weekend after experiencing mild chest pain, the court said Tuesday.

Kennedy, 70, had a stent inserted Saturday at Washington Hospital Center. The device is a tiny mesh scaffold used to keep arteries open.

The court called the procedure a revision to the stent doctors put in Kennedy in November. The justice did not make his health news public at the time.

A common problem with stents is that tissue grows back through them and recloses the blood vessel.

Doctors found no evidence of heart damage, the court said in a brief statement. He was released from the hospital Sunday and has since returned to work.

The court's new term begins Oct. 2.

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