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Bernie Sanders released from hospital after heart attack

Key Points
  • 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been released from a Las Vegas hospital, days after the Vermont senator suffered a heart attack, his doctors said in a statement.
  • Sanders underwent a procedure for an artery blockage and his campaign canceled appearances, though a spokesperson assured that he would attend the next Democratic primary debate on Oct. 15.
2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign event in West Branch, Iowa, August 19, 2019.
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2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was released from a Las Vegas hospital Friday, days after the Vermont senator suffered a heart attack, his campaign announced in a statement.

Campaign advisor Jeff Weaver said Sanders "experienced some chest discomfort" during an event Tuesday and that he then underwent a procedure for a blocked artery, in which two stents were placed.

The Sanders campaign canceled appearances during his recovery, but a spokesperson for the Sanders campaign assured that he would attend the next Democratic primary debate on Oct. 15 in Ohio.

"His hospital course was uneventful with good expected progress. He was discharged with instructions to follow up with his personal physician," said Doctors Arturo E Marchand Jr. and Arjun Gururaj in the statement.

"I want to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center for the excellent care that they provided. 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," Sanders said in a statement.

Read the full statement from Sanders' physicians Arturo E. Marchand Jr., MD and Arjun Gururaj, MD below:

"After presenting to an outside facility with chest pain, Sen. Sanders was diagnosed with a myocardial infarction. He was immediately transferred to Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center.

"The Senator was stable upon arrival and taken immediately to the cardiac catheterization laboratory, at which time two stents were placed in a blocked coronary artery in a timely fashion. All other arteries were normal.

"His hospital course was uneventful with good expected progress. He was discharged with instructions to follow up with his personal physician."

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  • Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign raises more than $25 million in the third quarter, the biggest haul for a Democratic presidential candidate so far.
  • Sanders and his rivals started releasing their fundraising figures after the quarter ended on Monday. 
  • South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg also raised more than $19 million.