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Chicago police Supt. Garry McCarthy, home from hospital: ‘I feel great’

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy  | Sun-Times files

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy | Sun-Times files

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Updated: July 9, 2014 6:34AM



Chicago police Supt. Garry McCarthy went home from Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Saturday, two days after being hospitalized and undergoing an angioplasty.

McCarthy, who exited via a back door, told Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed later Saturday: “I feel great and hope to be back to work within a week.”

McCarthy woke at 5 a.m. Thursday to pain and nausea. Worried about his heart, he took an aspirin and got a cab to Northwestern, where tests showed an irregularity and he underwent the procedure to remove severe blockages in his arteries.

A City Hall source said the superintendent suffered a heart attack.

McCarthy, 55, had a 100 percent blockage in one artery and an 80 percent blockage in another, a source said.

McCarthy has been watching what he eats — gravitating to salads and turkey burgers instead of steaks — to control his cholesterol, sources said. He exercises regularly and appears fit.

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