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Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2004 9:39 am | Updated: 4:36 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Cindy McCain, wife of Sen. John McCain, was hospitalized after a mild stroke Monday.

She was stable Tuesday, and her prognosis was "cautiously excellent," said McCain, R-Ariz.

Cindy McCain, 49, was having lunch Monday when she started feeling dizzy, McCain said. She was admitted to Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix.

Cindy McCain has had high blood pressure in the past, McCain said.

Dr. Robert Spetzler, director of the Barrow institute and its chairman of neurology, said Cindy McCain was undergoing tests Tuesday. She is expected to be released from the hospital in the next few days, according to the senator’s office.

"Mrs. McCain had a small bleed in her brain and her speech is mildly affected, but she is otherwise intact," Spetzler said. "At this point, the prognosis is cautiously excellent. The rupture of a small blood vessel, possibly from a spike of high blood pressure, resulted in the bleed."

McCain, 67, was in New York City when he got word his wife had been hospitalized, and on Monday night flew back to Phoenix to be with her, said Marshall Wittman, McCain’s director of communications.

McCain said at his home Tuesday that his wife is tired but feeling well.

Cindy McCain’s health became an issue in 1994, when she revealed she had become addicted to painkillers and had stolen drugs from a charity she had founded. She said at the time she had been plagued by severe back pain when she became addicted, and had quit in 1992.

Sarah Padilla, spokeswoman for St. Joseph’s, said she could not release further details because the senator had asked that information go through his office.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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