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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is recovering after undergoing heart surgery Wednesday morning.

Ginsburg "experienced discomfort" while exercising on Tuesday and was taken to the hospital, according to Supreme Court statement. There, doctors inserted a stent—a narrow tube used to keep blood vessels open open—into her right coronary artery.

Ginsburg, 81, is known for maintaining a regular exercise routine. Some critics have said she should retire, but Ginsburg has maintained that she will continue on the Court as long as she is physically capable of doing the work. Also remember: Justice Ginsburg has made it through two bouts of cancer and broken ribs without missing a day on the bench. The Supreme Court statement said she is expected to be discharged within 48 hours. According to NPR, Ginsburg was "awake and demanding work" on Wednesday morning.

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