Sanders had heart attack
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.