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Bernie Sanders Suffered a Heart Attack This Week, His Campaign Says

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Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigning - FILE: STEFAN HARD
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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suffered a heart attack earlier this week, his campaign said Friday, as the senator was released from a Las Vegas hospital pledging to soon "get back to work."

The physicians who treated Sanders, Arturo E.  Marchand Jr. and Arjun Gururaj, said that he had been diagnosed with a myocardial infarction — a heart attack — before he was transferred to the Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, where they tended to him.

“The Senator was stable upon arrival and taken immediately to the cardiac catheterization laboratory, at which time two stents were placed in a blocked coronary artery in a timely fashion," says their statement, released by his campaign.



"All other arteries were normal. His hospital course was uneventful with good expected progress. He was discharged with instructions to follow up with his personal physician.”

Sanders' campaign released a statement from the senator as well: “I want to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center for the excellent care that they provided," he said. "After two and a half days in the hospital, I feel great, and after taking a short time off, I look forward to getting back to work.”

Sanders' campaign disclosed Wednesday that he had been hospitalized and physicians implanted two stents to treat a blocked artery. He canceled campaign appearances.

His wife, Jane O'Meara Sanders, said Thursday that he had been talking policy and joking with hospital staff. He was expected to fly home to Burlington this weekend, she said.

"He'll take a few days to rest," she said, "but he's ready to get back out there and is looking forward to the October debate.”

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