Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Is Recovering After Quadruple Heart Bypass

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 68, underwent a quadruple coronary bypass on Thursday. Photographer: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing a quadruple coronary bypass on Thursday, according to Dr. Richard Shemin, the chief of cardiac surgery at UCLA Medical Center.

Abdul-Jabbar, 68, the National Basketball Association’s career scoring leader, was admitted to the hospital earlier this week with cardiovascular disease, UCLA Health said in a statement. Abdul-Jabbar is an alumnus of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he led the school to three straight national championships from 1967-69.

Abdul-Jabbar said he’s looking forward to resuming his normal activities soon, according to the UCLA statement.

The 7-foot-2 Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships and six Most Valuable Player awards over his 20-year professional career with the Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks. His 38,387 points are the most in NBA history and he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.

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