Former MT Sen. Burns hospitalized after stroke

AP News
Posted: Dec 10, 2009 2:46 PM

Family members of former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns say he is hospitalized in Washington, D.C., after suffering a stroke.

U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg released a statement Thursday from Burns' son, Garrett, who said his father was hospitalized in intensive care.

Burns' wife found him disoriented at about 9 p.m. Wednesday at their home in Arlington, Va. and he was taken to Virginia Hospital Center. He was later transferred to a Washington, D.C. hospital.

Doctors told the family Burns, 74, suffered an atrial fibrillation, or abnormal heart rhythm, and had a stroke.

Burns, a Republican, was elected to the U.S. Senate from Montana in November 1998 and served through January 2007.