Health scare lands Chicago’s top cop in hospital

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy underwent a common procedure to address a blockage in his arteries.

The 55-year-old New York native took himself to the hospital early Thursday morning, according to police spokesperson Adam Collins.

The Sun-Times reports that McCarthy took a cab to the hospital after experiencing chest pain and nausea only to discover two of his three arteries were 80 and 100 percent blocked.

“Taking a taxi is not usually a good idea if you are possibly having a heart attack,” said interventional cardiologist Jeffrey Snell with Rush University Medical Center.

According to Collins, the procedure went well and he will remain in the hospital for several more days while he recuperates.

Stress, diet, exercise and genetics could all be factors in McCarthy’s condition — recovery from what looks like a heart attack and dealing with coronary artery disease. If his angioplasty was successful, his grueling schedule might have to change.

“I’m sure his first call in the morning is either from or to the mayor, and probably one of his last at the end of the day. But he’s also running around a lot. His day starts early. It runs, I know last night he was at a South Side anti-violence event. Who knows where he went after that. It is a rough job,” said FOP President Dean Angelo.

“If they were successful in getting blocked arteries opened, and there’s been no significant damage to his heart muscle, that would be a pretty routine way that someone with this condition is treated. And his recovery should be fairly brisk and he should be able to get back to his usual daily schedule relatively quickly,” Snell said.

An official with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office said the mayor made a short visit to Northwestern Hospital to see McCarthy Thursday. Emanuel said that the superintendent was in “good spirits.”

No other details were provided.

McCarthy has been running the Chicago Police Department for three years. The First Deputy is always in command during the Superintendent’s absence.

This is a developing story – check back for details.

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