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Doctors say Sanders was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack

October 5, 2019

WASHINGTON, Oct. 5 (Reuters / EP) –

Senator Bernie Sanders, a favorite to win the Democratic nomination in the 2020 presidential election in the United States, suffered a heart attack this week, his doctors reported Friday.

Sanders, 78, was hospitalized after Tuesday night “experienced some chest discomfort” during a campaign event. After a medical examination and testing, “it was detected that he had a blockage in an artery and two stents were successfully inserted.”

Just a few hours later, the politician's wife said that Sanders “walks again” and “jokes” at the Las Vegas hospital where he was.

However, this Friday, doctors who have treated the senator have said after leaving the hospital, that the problem was more serious. “After presenting with chest pain, Senator Sanders was diagnosed with a myocardial infarction,” doctors Artur Marchand Junior and Arjun Gururaj said in a statement.

This Friday, Sanders said he “feels great” through a statement. “After taking a short break, I hope to return to work,” he said.

Sanders is third in the preferences of Americans in the struggle for the Democratic nomination. According to the latest poll published on Wednesday by 'The Economist', currently favorite is also Senator Elizabeth Warren, with 26 percent of the support, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden, with 22 percent, and Sanders, with 14 percent.