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    US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders suffered a heart attack last week after suffering chest pains. He subsequently cancelled all campaign events.

    White House presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) revealed on 8 October he would cut down the amount of time he devoted to the campaign trail for the foreseeable future after suffering a heart attack.

    Speaking to reporters outside his home in Burlington, Vermont, the senator vowed to continue “actively campaigning,” but a change of plans was needed to ensure “I have the strength to do what I have to do.”

    ​On 2 October, Bernie Sanders, 78, was hospitalised with chest pains which required doctors to insert two stents after discovering a blockage in one of his arteries.

    On Friday, once Sanders was released from hospital, he updated his Twitter followers on his condition.

    “I want to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center for the excellent care that they provided. After two and a half days in the hospital, I feel great, and after taking a short time off, I look forward to getting back to work,” he tweeted.

    ​Netizens were left concerned for the presidential candidate’s health, with many worried if even scaling back might not be enough in his case:

    ​Other Twitter followers believed there was no reason to over-dramatize the presidential candidate’s health condition:

    ​Despite his age, Bernie Sanders has kept up one of the most active schedules of any 2020 Democratic primary candidate, often holding four or even five rallies and town halls in a single day.

    His campaign said on Thursday that despite the health scare, Sanders would take part in the next Democratic primary debate, set for 15 October in Ohio.



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