San­ders had heart at­tack

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

US DEMO­CRATIC pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Bernie San­ders had a heart at­tack, his cam­paign con­firmed as the Ver­mont sen­a­tor was re­leased from hospi­tal.

The 78-year-old was at a cam­paign event on Tues­day when he ex­pe­ri­enced chest dis­com­fort and was taken to a hospi­tal where he was di­ag­nosed with a heart at­tack.

The sen­a­tor was trans­ferred to Desert Springs Hospi­tal Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Ne­vada where doc­tors in­serted two stents to open up a blocked artery in his heart, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from his doc­tors.

The rest of his ar­ter­ies were nor­mal, they 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,” Mr San­ders said.

He was ex­pected to re­turn to Ver­mont. This marks the sec­ond time in two months that health prob­lems forced Mr San­ders to can­cel cam­paign events. In Septem­ber, he backed out of ap­pear­ances in South Carolina be­cause he lost his voice. As the old­est can­di­date in the Demo­cratic 2020 field, San­ders has jok­ingly ref­er­enced his age on the cam­paign trail.

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