Bernie Sanders suffers artery blockage during campaign event

Vermont senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was hospitalized Tuesday for an artery blockage that required two stents, the New York Times reports.

Sen. Sanders, 78, is still recovering in the hospital, according to the Times, and has canceled all campaign events for the coming days. He was slated to speak at a gun forum in Las Vegas Oct. 2 before traveling to California later in the week.

“During a campaign event yesterday evening, Senator Sanders experienced some chest discomfort,” Jeff Weaver, an adviser to Sen. Sanders, said in a statement to staffers. “Following medical evaluation and testing he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted.

“Senator Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. 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.”

Sen. Sanders has vowed to release his medical records to the public, but hasn’t yet done so. He’s struggled over the past weeks with a packed campaign schedule, and in March he hit his head on a glass shower door, requiring seven stitches.

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