Sanders opens up about heart attack in attempt to assuage health concerns

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) opened up Thursday about his recent heart attack, offering reassurances that his campaign was moving forward. 

“I was at an event and I was speaking, and for the first time in my life I said to somebody, get me a chair I have to sit down,” Sanders told CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta at an interview in his Burlington, Vt., home. “I was sweating profusely, and normally we do selfies, and we get questions, and we have discussions. I was in no state to do that.” 


Sanders said he and his staff headed to an Urgent Care in Las Vegas after he experienced pain in his arm before he was quickly diagnosed with having a heart attack. 

The senator said he then underwent a 45 minute procedure at Desert Springs Hospital. 

Sanders told Gupta that his doctors informed him that he was “on the road to a full recovery.” 

“I feel great. I have not an ounce of pain. I’ve been walking around a lot, playing ball with the kids,” he said. “I feel very confident that we’re going to be running a very, very rigorous campaign.”

While Sanders is missing an LGBT presidential town hall in Los Angeles on Thursday, his campaign has said he will participate in the fourth Democratic primary debate in Westerville, Ohio, on Tuesday. 

Sanders left the hospital on Friday after having two stents placed in a blocked coronary artery as a result of the heart attack. 

The incident has brought newfound attention on the issue of age and health on the presidential campaign trail. Biden and other top Democratic candidates Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE are in their 70s. President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE is 73.

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