04/03/2012 07:56 EDT | Updated 06/03/2012 05:12 EDT

Vic Toews Released After Treatment For Irregular Heartbeat


Federal Public Safety Minister Vic Toews was released from an Ottawa hospital today, after being treated for an irregular heartbeat.

Toews was admitted to Ottawa Civic Hospital on Monday with what was originally believed to be flu-like symptoms.

But tests revealed he actually had atrial fibrillation, a common form of irregular heartbeat. It was treated non-surgically and Toews was released on Tuesday afternoon, according to a release from his office.

"I would sincerely like to thank all those involved in providing me with top-notch care during this medical event," Toews said in a statement.

"I would also like to thank the many people who have sent well wishes," he added.

"These simple reminders of support and encouragement — particularly across party lines — go a long way when dealing with a medical situation. I am fortunate to be surrounded by the highest quality of parliamentary colleagues, family and friends."

A spokesman for Toews said on Monday that the minister had been battling a seasonal flu for the past few weeks, so he was taken to hospital for observation.

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