Bernie Sanders cancels campaign events after emergency heart stent surgery

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has undergone emergency surgery for a blocked artery after experiencing “chest discomfort” throughout a campaign occasion, forcing him to cancel upcoming events, his campaign reported.

The Vermont senator had two stents inserted to alleviate a blocked artery after feeling unwell throughout a campaign occasion on Tuesday, his campaign reported later that night time, including that Sanders “is conversing and in good spirits.” Campaign events and appearances have been cancelled “till additional discover” whereas he recovers.

At 78 years outdated, Sanders is the oldest presidential candidate within the 2020 race – three years older than frontrunner Joe Biden, whose personal obvious frailty has anxious some within the Democratic Party. Until hospital testing revealed a blockage in a single artery, Sanders was not identified to be battling any severe well being issues, and stent surgery is a comparatively routine process.

On social media, institution Democrats ran with the “Bernie had a heart assault” narrative, whereas Sanders supporters wished him a speedy restoration and reminded anybody panicking that the process was a frequent one.

Sanders is at the moment polling third within the Democratic primaries, behind Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. He not too long ago known as for a nationwide ban on fracking, citing the damaging environmental results of the method, and a “tax on excessive wealth” that will apply a progressive one-percent tax to any particular person with over $16 million in property.