Bernie Sanders to take part in Democratic debate after having heart procedure

3 October 2019, 20:51

Bernie Sanders had two stents fitted in arteries in his heart
Bernie Sanders had two stents fitted in arteries in his heart. Picture: PA

By Asher McShane

Bernie Sanders will participate in the upcoming Democratic presidential debate after being taken to hospital this week because of a blocked artery in his heart.

The 78-year-old Vermont senator was taken to hospital on Tuesday after he experienced chest discomfort during a campaign event and sought medical evaluation.

Two stents were "successfully inserted", his campaign spokeswoman Sarah Ford said.

Beyond the debate, it is not clear when he will resume campaigning.

Democrats will hold their next presidential debate on October 15 in Ohio.

Mr Sanders is one of three Democratic presidential candidates who are more than 70 years old.

His health issue will likely revive questions about whether the party should turn to a younger generation of leaders.

Reporting by AP

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