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(AP) - Former President Bill Clinton wasrecovering at his suburban home Friday after leaving a Manhattanhospital where he underwent a heart procedure. Three black SUVs with tinted windows arrived around 7:45 a.m.Friday and pulled through the high gates at the house. TheWestchester County hamlet of Chappaqua is about 35 miles north ofNew York City. Clinton adviser Douglas Band said in a statement that Clintonleft New York Presbyterian Hospital "in excellent health." "He looks forward in the days ahead to getting back to the workof his Foundation, and to Haiti relief and recovery efforts," itsaid. Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committeechairman and a close friend of the Clintons, told CBS' "The EarlyShow" that he expects Clinton will get back to work quickly. "If I know President Clinton, he'll be on the phone ... callingpeople asking for more help for Haiti and where he can get pickuptrucks so they can deliver food or generators. If I know BillClinton, he'll be raring to go in about 35 minutes," McAuliffesaid. Clinton could be back at work as soon as Monday, cardiologistAllan Schwartz said previously. Clinton had quadruple bypass surgery at the same hospital morethan five years ago, and returned Thursday to have a clogged heartartery opened after suffering discomfort in his chest. Two stents resembling tiny mesh scaffolds were placed inside theartery as part of a medical procedure that is common for peoplewith severe heart disease. Schwartz said tests had showed that one of the bypasses from thesurgery was completely blocked. Instead of trying to open the blocked bypass, doctors reopenedone of his original blocked arteries and inserted the two stents.The procedure took about an hour, and Clinton was able to get uptwo hours later, Schwartz said. There was no sign the former president had suffered a heartattack, and the new blockage was not a result of his diet, Schwartzsaid. "The procedure went very smoothly," Schwartz said, describingClinton's prognosis as excellent.