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Bernie Sanders Gets 2 Stents
« on: October 03, 2019, 08:15:30 AM »
         Sen. Bernie Sanders has reportedly suspended his presidential campaign activities after undergoing an emergency heart procedure.

The sudden medical procedure begs the question: How serious is this heart condition, and how might it affect Sanders' future health?

Yesterday evening (Oct. 1), the Vermont senator experienced some chest discomfort during a campaign event, Jeff Weaver, Sanders' senior adviser, said in a statement released today (Oct. 2), according to The Washington Examiner.

"Following medical evaluation and testing, he [Sanders] was found to have a blockage in one artery, and two stents were successfully inserted," Weaver said. "Senator Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days." 

Stents are a type of treatment for coronary artery disease, the most common type of heart disease in which the coronary arteries become narrowed or blocked, usually from the buildup of cholesterol and fat deposits called plaques.

Coronary arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood to the heart muscle, and their blockage can cause pain in the chest, shortness of breath and even a heart attack, according to the Mayo Clinic.

To open up the arteries, surgeons can insert stents, or tiny mesh wire tubes. These devices hold the artery open so blood can flow more freely. Although serious in the sense that the procedure involves arteries and cardiac tissue, the surgery is "routine" and "relatively safe," said Dr. Laurence Epstein, the system director of electrophysiology at Northwell Health in Manhasset, New York, who is not involved with Sanders' care."This is not really heart surgery in the way that people think of [it]," he said.
     Rectification of Sanders chart by Starkman.
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