Campaign, Doctors Confirm Bernie Sanders Had a Heart Attack

After Bernie Sanders was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital Tuesday evening complaining of “chest discomfort” and underwent emergency surgery to place two cardiac stents, his campaign took great pains to avoid the words “heart attack” or “myocardial infarction,” instead saying that:

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

Upon Sanders’ discharge Friday afternoon, his campaign released a statement from the candidate and his doctors.

Treating physicians Dr. Arturo E. Marchand and Dr. Arjun Guruaj stated that Sen. Sanders had suffered a myocardial infarction – a heart attack – and that his campaign knew that was the diagnosis immediately.

“After presenting to an outside facility with chest pain, Sen. Sanders was diagnosed with a myocardial infarction. He was immediately transferred to Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center.

“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. All other arteries were normal.”

The physicians also said that Sanders had progressed well since the surgery and was discharged with orders to follow up with his regular physicians.

CNN’s Annie Grayer posted video of Sanders leaving the hospital:

He appeared to be feeling much better than he was on Tuesday night.

Sen. Sanders was certainly lucky to be so close to world-class physicians who were able to render immediate expert care. We wish him the best in his recovery.

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