Senator Bernie Sanders has cancelled his upcoming campaign events after undergoing a procedure to treat an arterial blockage this Tuesday evening. After complaining of chest pain while at an event on Tuesday, Sanders was taken to a hospital, where an arterial blockage was discovered. Two stents were inserted and the Democratic candidate is recovering.
In a statement Wednesday, the senator’s advisor Jeff Weaver said “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,” Weaver said.
Sanders has been committed to transparency of his health during the campaign and had released his doctor evaluation in during his 2016 campaign, stating that he was in good health with no history of heart trouble. He's five years older than President Trump, who at 73 is the oldest man ever elected to a first term in office.
Other Democratic candidates have taken to Twitter to show their support for the Senator as he recovers:
Thinking of @BernieSanders today and wishing him a speedy recovery. If there's one thing I know about him, he's a fighter and I look forward to seeing him on the campaign trail soon.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 2, 2019
.@DrBiden and I are sending our best wishes to @BernieSanders, Jane, and the whole Sanders family. Anyone who knows Bernie understands what a force he is. We are confident that he will have a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him on the trail soon.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 2, 2019
Bruce, Team Warren, and I are sending all our best wishes for a speedy recovery to @BernieSanders. I hope to see my friend back on the campaign trail very soon.— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 2, 2019
Last month, Sanders told ABC's "The View" that 2020 is differentbecause "many of the ideas that I talked about," including universal health care, "were perceived to be radical," but now "a lot of candidates and the majority of the American people agree."