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Bush in pretzel scare.

US President George W Bush suffered cuts and bruises yesterday after choking on a pretzel and fainting.

He was watching American football at the White House when he choked on the snack and had to be treated by a doctor.

White House physician Dr Richard Tubb said: "The pretzel didn't seem to go down right and the president fainted after it became lodged in his throat.

"But he quickly recovered and is now doing well." Dr Tubbs said Bush cut his left cheek and bruised on his lower lip, apparently by falling to the floor from a sofa.

He added: "I do not find any reason that this would happen again. He simply fainted due to a decrease in heart rate."

Bush was alone in the room while First Lady Laura Bush was on the phone. He believes he was "out" only for a few seconds because when he awoke, his two dogs were sitting in the same position they were in when he lost consciousness.

Bush contacted a duty nurse at the White House and the presidential doctor was summoned immediately. Bush was examined and put on a heart monitor.

He has a lower-than-normal pulse rate, which doctors attribute to his rigorous workout regime. But Dr Tubbs said that low heart rate made him more prone to fainting when the pretzel stimulated a nerve when it got caught in his throat.

Bush had complained at the weekend of "being a little off his game", feeling that he was coming down with a cold.

But he intends to keep to his regular schedule today, which includes an early- morning trip to the Midwest.
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Date:Jan 14, 2002
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