Bernie Sanders Home in Vermont After Heart Attack

By The Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Vt.—Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is back at his Vermont home after being treated for a heart attack in Las Vegas.

The plane carrying the 78-year-old senator arrived in Vermont just before 6 p.m. Saturday, one day after he was released from a hospital.

As he left the airport he told reporters “I’m feeling great, thank you.”

He was then driven home in a motorcade where he was greeted by family at the front door.

Sanders abruptly canceled all campaign events on Tuesday Oct. 1 after suffering chest pains, and was taken to a hospital.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), right, enters a vehicle after disembarking from a plane at Burlington International Airport in South Burlington, Vt., on Oct. 5, 2019. (Steven Senne/AP Photo)

Sanders underwent surgery, and his campaign released a statement from his doctors that said two stents were inserted to open up a blocked artery in his heart. The campaign also said Sanders was conversing and in good spirits, and on Thursday his wife said he would participate in the fourth Democratic debate on Oct. 15.

Physicians who treated Sanders cast the events in a more serious light. “After presenting to an outside facility with chest pain, Sen. Sanders was diagnosed with a myocardial infarction,” Arturo Marchand Jr. and Arjun Gururaj said in a statement, using a medical term for a heart attack. The two doctors said “all other arteries” were normal for Sanders, and that he was discharged with instructions to follow up with his personal physician.

But the doctors said the rest of his stay was “uneventful with good expected progress.”

Sanders said he was feeling “so much better” in a video released on his Twitter page on Oct. 4.

Their statement, circulated by Sanders’ campaign, could raise new questions about Sanders’ age and health as he seeks his party’s nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Reuters contributed to this report.