Health Editor’s Note: Bernie Sanders, who is one of the candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination has received two stents to relieve a blockage of on of the arteries that feeds his heart muscle. Stents hold the artery open and do work to hold the arteries open and prevent death to heart muscle which leads to myocardial infarction commonly known as a heart attack….Carol
by Joyce Frieden, News Editor MedPage Today
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, underwent a cardiac stenting procedure after experiencing chest pains during a campaign event on Tuesday, media outlets are reporting.
“During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders experienced some chest discomfort. Following medical evaluation and testing he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted,” said Sanders’ senior adviser Jeff Weaver on Wednesday in a statement, according to ABC News.
Sanders, 78, has canceled his campaign events and will be resting for the next several days, the campaign said, adding that it will provide updates as needed.
Shortly after announcing his presidential campaign in February, Sanders appeared on the campaign trail with a bandage on his head after being treated at a walk-in clinic for a minor injury while campaigning in South Carolina in mid-March, the story noted. Sanders cut his head in the shower, according to the Associated Press, and after receiving a half-dozen stitches, the senator was given a “clean bill of health.”