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Bernie Sanders Cancels Upcoming Campaign Events After Chest Procedure

Sanders had a blockage in one artery and two stents inserted to treat the condition

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A senior adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign said Sanders was canceling several days of events after undergoing a procedure at a Nevada hospital.

Sanders adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement to reporters that Sanders, who turned 78 last month, had experienced chest discomfort during a campaign event on Tuesday. A medical examination found that Sanders had a blockage in one artery and two stents were inserted to treat the condition.

“Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits,” Weaver said. “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.”

Here’s the full statement from Weaver:

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

Later on Wednesday, Sanders tweeted that he is “feeling good,” throwing in a plug for Medicare for All. “Thanks for all the well wishes. I’m feeling good,” he wrote. “I’m fortunate to have good health care and great doctors and nurses helping me to recover. None of us know when a medical emergency might affect us. And no one should fear going bankrupt if it occurs. Medicare for All!”

Several of Sanders’ fellow presidential candidates have expressed their sympathies on Twitter:

Despite a grueling campaign schedule, Sanders appeared to be in good health prior to the incident on Tuesday. He did cut his head on a shower door in March, requiring stitches, but during an appearance last week on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert he assured viewers he was doing just fine. “I’m in good health and running a vigorous campaign,” he said.

This story has been updated and is developing.

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