Bernie Sanders Undergoes Heart Surgery After Incident at Campaign Event


Vermont senator and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders underwent a heart procedure after experiencing chest pains on Tuesday, according to his campaign.

The 78-year-old’s campaign announced the news in a statement Wednesday morning.

Campaign adviser Jeff Weaver said doctors discovered an artery blockage, and Sanders underwent a procedure to remedy the issue.

“During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders experienced some chest discomfort,” Weaver’s statement read.

“Following medical evaluation and testing he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted.”

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Sanders is doing well, but his campaign events over the next few days have been canceled while he recovers.

“Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits,” Weaver said.

“He will be resting up over the next few days. We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.”

The news of Sanders’ medical issue drew him well-wishes from across the political spectrum.

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“Stay strong Bernie,” entrepreneur and fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang tweeted.

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Joe Setyon was a deputy managing editor for The Western Journal who had spent his entire professional career in editing and reporting. He previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine.
Joe Setyon was deputy managing editor for The Western Journal with several years of copy editing and reporting experience. He graduated with a degree in communication studies from Grove City College, where he served as managing editor of the student-run newspaper. Joe previously worked as an assistant editor/reporter for Reason magazine, a libertarian publication in Washington, D.C., where he covered politics and wrote about government waste and abuse.
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