Bernie Sanders’ Doctors Say He’s Healthy Months After Heart Attack

December 30, 2019 Updated: December 30, 2019
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The doctors of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 presidential hopeful, said he is fit to serve in the White House—three months after he suffered a heart attack and was sidelined from campaigning.

“At this point, I see no reason why he cannot continue campaigning without limitation and, should he be elected, I am confident he has the mental and physical stamina to fully undertake the rigors of the Presidency,” wrote Martin LeWinter, a cardiologist with the University of Vermont’s medical center, in a statement.

There have been questions and speculation about the health of Sanders, 78; former Vice President Joe Biden, 77; Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), 70, who are the leading presidential candidates. Another Democratic hopeful, 77-year-old Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, released a statement from doctors saying he is in “outstanding health.”

“You are in good health currently and you have been engaging vigorously in the rigors of your campaign, travel, and other scheduled activities without any limitation,” Attending Physician of the United States Congress Brian P. Monahan, M.D., who is Sanders’s primary doctor, said of of the candidate. “As part of his recovery from a heart procedure in early October, Sanders underwent additional tests overseen by doctors at the University of Vermont Medical Center, including a treadmill stress test with continuous EKG monitoring.”

Reports said Sanders in October had stents inserted after a partial artery blockage. He then resumed normal campaign activities.

Monahan added that Sanders’s heart strength “has improved.”

In October, Sanders released a statement to his supporters saying he is “feeling good.”

“Thanks for all the well wishes. I’m feeling good. I’m fortunate to have good health care and great doctors and nurses helping me to recover,” he said in a statement at the time.

Biden’s medical report, released in mid-December, said the former vice president and senator from Delaware is a “healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the Presidency.”

The physician noted that Biden has an irregular heartbeat, known as nonvalvular atrial fibrillation and more commonly known as AFib. He doesn’t take any medication related to the condition except for a blood thinner.

Warren released her medical examination results earlier in December, saying she’s a “very healthy 70-year-old woman.”

“Senator Warren has never smoked, used drugs or had any problem with alcohol use. She exercises regularly and follows a healthy diet despite her very busy schedule,” Dr. Beverly Woo of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston wrote in the letter. She added: “There are no medical conditions or health problems that would keep her from fulfilling the duties of the President of the United States.”