Missouri Gov. Mike Parson went to a hospital in recent weeks after feeling something wrong in his chest.
After a series of tests, including an MRI, he was released without being admitted, the 63-year-old Republican told the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday.
Parson, who was sworn in as Missouri’s 57th governor on June 1, said the medical episode occurred between one and two months ago while he was in the capital city.
After Parson felt discomfort, a member of his security detail took him to Capitol Regional Medical Center.
“I felt a little uneasy one evening,” Parson said, adding that he decided to go to a hospital “just to get it checked out and make sure everything was OK.”
“It was 100 percent, so I’m fine,” Parson added.
“He just went to the emergency room out of an abundance of caution,” his press office told the newspaper. “He’s been given a clean bill of health.”
Parson underwent open heart surgery on Dec. 24, 2016, just weeks before he was set to be sworn in as lieutenant governor alongside former Gov. Eric Greitens. The surgery came after doctors discovered some blockage in arteries around Parson’s heart.
Parson was able to attend inauguration ceremonies at the Capitol in early January 2017.
The governor spoke to the newspaper in St. Louis on Tuesday, where he launched a weeklong series of events in support of Proposition D, a question on the Nov. 6 ballot asking if voters want to raise the gasoline tax by 10 cents to pay for road and bridge construction projects.
He was interviewed about his health scare after his appearance at a news conference with St. Louis area governmental leaders at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel.
“I think I probably overreacted because of what happened (in 2016),” Parson said.
Parson takes medication for his heart, but doctors have not limited his activities in any way.
“He’s been cleared to do whatever he wishes to do,” his press office said.
The Missouri Constitution calls for the lieutenant governor to become governor for the remainder of the term if a governor dies, resigns or is convicted or impeached.
Parson, a former state lawmaker and sheriff, took over as chief executive after Greitens’ abrupt resignation amid a scandal and possible impeachment.
Among Parson’s first actions was naming Republican Mike Kehoe as lieutenant governor.
Kehoe, the former Senate majority floor leader, is 56. A north St. Louis native, Kehoe lives in Jefferson City and represented the 6th Senate District for eight years.