Ruth Bader Ginsburg
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attends the lunch session of the Women's Conference in Long Beach, Calif., in this file photo taken Oct. 26, 2010. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

After heart surgery, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from a Washington hospital Thursday, before arguments are heard in seven cases next week. The 81-year-old justice is expected to return to work Monday, the Associated Press reported, citing a court representative.

Ginsburg was exercising when she “experienced discomfort” Tuesday night, the court announced, prompting her to enter the hospital. Doctors treated a blockage by placing a stent in her right coronary artery Wednesday.

Sworn in to serve on the high court in 1993, Ginsburg is a stalwart of its liberal wing, the oldest of the nine justices, and a survivor of both colorectal cancer and pancreatic cancer.

The jurist told Elle magazine this year that she had no impending plans to step down from her post. “As long as I can do the job full steam. ... I think I’ll recognize when the time comes that I can’t any longer,” Ginsburg said. “But now I can.”

Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in cases that involve threats made on Facebook, as described by USA Today; the level of proof required for certain charges under the federal bank robbery statute, as noted by Oyez; and questions about what constitutes pregnancy discrimination on the job, as pointed out by the Washington Post.

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