Bernie Sanders Campaign Confirms Candidate Had Heart Attack Earlier This Week

The senator was released from the hospital earlier today

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail in North Carolina last month.
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Earlier this week, Bernie Sanders took an unexpected break from his campaign for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President to undergo a medical procedure on his heart. Sanders had two stents inserted; his campaign confirmed that he was resting and recuperating comfortably. Sanders also canceled a number of campaign events and put an ad buy in Iowa on hold temporarily. 

Now, the Sanders campaign has confirmed what many believed was the case when the senator was hospitalized: Sanders had a heart attack on Tuesday night in Las Vegas

On Twitter, Sanders thanked the staff of Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, when he was treated. 

Sanders has also used his hospitalization to raise awareness of Medicare for All, one of his leading campaign issues for 2020.

In light of this diagnosis, The New York Times offered some analysis of the senator’s health, as well as what he might expect from the recovery process. His timetable for a return to campaigning has yet to be determined, the Times said. 

Campaign officials said they would determine when he would return to the trail as he recovers at his home, and it is possible that his first public appearance will be at the debate. His demeanor then will likely be watched closely by both voters and the news media.

Voters will have a chance to see for themselves when Sanders takes the stage for the next Democratic debate — currently set for October 15.

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