Coble to be released from hospital

Feb. 27, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, R-6th, has been discharged from an area hospital after being admitted on Tuesday after experiencing bouts of dizziness and light-headedness.

According to a statement released by Coble's office on Wednesday, he was to be discharged in the afternoon, with doctors giving him a "clean bill of health."

Following a battery of tests, Rep. Coble was told that all of his vital signs were good and doctors could find no direct cause of the fainting spells," according to the statement. "The 6th District representative said he would attempt to make some lifestyle changes to improve his health.

“I will admit that my dietary and nutrition habits are not exemplary, so I am going to attempt to eat healthier and better balanced meals in the future," Coble said in the statement. "I don’t think, however, that I will be
adjusting my work schedule any. I hope to remain as visible and accessible in the 6th District and in Washington as in the past.”

Doctors recommended that Coble wear a heart monitor for awhile to see if there is any connection to
an irregular heartbeat and the light-headedness. They also recommended several more days of rest, so Coble will not return to Washington this week. He plans to fly back to Washington, D.C., on Monday.

This week marked the third time in the past three years that health problems have landed the 81-year-old congressman in a medical center.

Coble spent more than a week in the hospital in late 2011 coping with a respiratory illness and its effects.
Three years ago this month, Coble fainted and hit his head while attending a speech at the High Point Country Club. He recovered at High Point Regional Hospital and was given a clean bill of health on his discharge.