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Updated: Raymond G. Sanchez Recovering After Heart Treatment

Former New Mexico House Speaker Raymond G. Sanchez was recovering at home Thursday in Albuquerque following treatment for what he called a “heart episode.”

Sanchez, also a former president of the University of New Mexico regents, said he was treated with angioplasty at UNM Hospital after feeling ill at home Sunday.

“They caught it just in time,” said the former Democratic lawmaker, who is 71. He said doctors found “no real damage” to his heart.

“Hopefully, I will be back to 100 percent soon,” he said.

Sanchez said a neighbor, Paul Roth, M.D., chancellor for UNM Health Sciences, assisted him at his North Valley home after he started feeling ill.

He said he was treated at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque and released on Wednesday.

Sanchez is a lawyer who, in recent years, has worked a lobbyist representing Virgin Galactic and other clients before the New Mexico Legislature. He said he expects to return to work at the Capitol during the Legislature’s current session.

Sanchez is the older brother of New Mexico Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, who was treated for a coronary ailment at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque in July.




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