Radio's Rush Limbaugh has tests after chest pains

Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:17pm EST
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By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. radio commentator Rush Limbaugh, hospitalized in Hawaii with chest pains, faced a battery of medical tests on Thursday after a "good night's rest," his substitute host told listeners.

Limbaugh, 58, fell ill on Wednesday while vacationing in Honolulu, said economist Walter Williams, filling in for America's top-rated talk radio personality since the start of Limbaugh's annual Christmas break last week.

Honolulu television station KITV reported on Wednesday that Limbaugh was listed in serious condition at Queen's Medical Center after being treated at a hotel by paramedics.

Spokesman Kit Carson said he had no further information on Limbaugh's condition or the circumstances of his hospitalization beyond a website statement saying Limbaugh was "resting comfortably after suffering chest pains."

Carson said it was unclear if the nationally syndicated broadcaster would return to work as scheduled January 4.

Commanding an audience of about 20 million listeners weekly, Limbaugh has long been a leading voice of American conservatism, railing against the political left as he helped shape the Republican Party's agenda in the media and mobilize its base of supporters.

At the opening of his daily three-hour broadcast on Thursday, Williams told listeners Limbaugh "wants me to continue to push back the frontiers of ignorance in America."

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<p>Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh speaks at a forum hosted by the Heritage Foundation in Washington, in this June 23, 2006 file photo. REUTERS/Micah Walter/Files</p>