Bernie Sanders Undergoes Procedure for Artery Blockage, Cancels Campaign Events

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaign announced Wednesday that the presidential candidate had two stents inserted after the discovery of a blocked artery and that he will cancel his upcoming events for now.

During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders experienced some chest discomfort. Following and testing he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted, Senior Jeff Weaver said in a statement.

Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He be resting up over the few days. We are canceling his and appearances until further notice, and we continue to provide appropriate updates, he continued.

Sanders, 78, has maintained an extraordinarily busy schedule for years, tracing from his presidential run to the midterms and his second bid for the presidency.

The was among the ten presidential candidates set to appear Wednesday in for an -hosted gun-control forum, and had events scheduled in in the days after.

After announcing a massive haul of $25.3 million on Tuesday, the Sanders campaign had also purchased its first ad buy in , a key primary- state.

Those began to get canceled on Wednesday, though an to Sanders said that it was simply a postponement.

A heart stent is a non-surgical procedure that a into the arteries, propping them open to increase blood flow to the heart. The routine procedure is often carried out as a preemptive measure when a patient experiences chest and is a potential risk for , Harlan Krumholz, a and at Yale University and Yale- Haven , told The Daily Beast.

The timing of Sanders chest pain is key, according to Krumholz. If the pain occurred while at rest, it is likely something known as unstable angina, which is often caused by a reduced blood flow to the heart. Basically, there wasn't enough blood flow to the heart, so something that is potentially very dangerous has now been managed, Krumholz said of the stent.

According to Krumholz, the procedure can be outpatient, but doctors typically observe a patient for 24 hours in case of complications. Most people have a rapid recovery and can resume their activities shortly, he said.

After the news broke, Sanders 2020 Democratic competitors issued statements hoping for his well being.

Among them, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) tweeted, Bruce, , and I are sending our best wishes for a speedy recovery to @BernieSanders. I hope to see my friend back on the campaign trail very .

And former Vice Biden wrote: @DrBiden and I are sending our best wishes to @BernieSanders, Jane, and the whole Sanders family. Anyone who knows Bernie understands what a force he is. We are confident that he will have a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him on the trail soon.

Sanders later tweeted that he was feeling good and used the moment to advocate for Medicare for All.

With additional reporting from Audrey McNamara.



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