Bernie Sanders’ health scare puts campaign on hold

The 78-year-old Democratic presidential candidate had two stents inserted in a Las Vegas hospital after doctors found a blockage in one artery, according to his campaign.
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Transcript for Bernie Sanders’ health scare puts campaign on hold
All righty, Michael. The latest on senator Bernie Sanders' condition. The democratic presidential candidate hospitalized undergoing a heart procedure recovering in Las Vegas and Tom llamas is here with the latest on how the senator is doing and what this could mean for his Good morning. Senator Bernie Sanders canceled all campaign events until further notice. On Twitter he says he feels good but serious chest pains sidelined him. This morning senator Bernie Sanders sill recovering in las Vegas amid questions about the future of his campaign. On Tuesday night the 78-year-old candidate going from this fund-raising event straight to the hospital complaining of chest pains. At the event Sanders who usually likes to stand asking for a chair. Can you do me a favor? Get me a chair. Reporter: The Sanders campaign won't say if he suffered a heart attack writing in a statement, following medical evaluation and testing, he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted. The Vermont senator is known as a relentless campaigner. Holding three to five events a day. I have been very healthy in my life and, you know, I've had some issues but basically I've been healthy. Reporter: Sanders opening up to Dr. Oz about his health and life. I will tell you that being on the campaign trail is very difficult. You don't get enough sleep, so a campaign trail is really not conducive to good health habits but what I try to do as much as I can is walk. Reporter: The medical setback comes after Sanders hit a monster fund-raising number, hauling in $25 million, the largest quarter for any Democrat this year. And Sanders even finding a way to campaign from the hospital, tweeting in part, thanks for all the well wishes, I'm feeling good. None of us know when a medical emergency might affect us and no one should fear going bankrupt if it occurs. Medicare for all. At 78, senator Sanders is the oldest person right now to be running for president but the top contenders are null in their 70s, bide, 76, president trump, 73 and senator Elizabeth Warren is 70. Now, as far as the calendar goes, the next democratic debate is October 15th and, robin, it's still unclear if Sanders will participate. We'll have to wait and see. Tom, all right. Dr. Jennifer Ashton will explain this. When you talk about a coronary stent, this is a device that's placed in an narrowed artery supplying the heart muscle. You see it right there. We actually use a catheter like this through a puncture in the groin to insert that stent and this is what the actual stent looks like. When you talk about stent platement there are two type, an elective setting and emergency setting. One of the criteria are indications to place an emergency stent is the setting of an acute heart attack. When you talk about cost which we hear a lot about, this could be about $40,000 of which 700 goes to the cardiologist, the rest is for hospital fees. What about the recovery? So, it's going to vary obviously depending on what happened to the patient. What the patient's pre-existing medical condition was but talking about one to three days in the hospital and monitored for complications and started on blood thinners and other medications. We hear so much about prevention but what kind of additional treatment is needed after the stent is but in. A great opportunity to talk about heart disease but slightly differently than we normally do. We hear that 0% of heart disease preventable with lifestyle modifications. Once someone gets a steps placement they get shifted into a different category of treatment and the goal is to prevent a secondary event. Lifestyle, medication, statins are a big part and cardiac rehab which normally is a couple of months. What difference does age It makes a big difference. It is the number one killer of men and women and when you get older it is presumed they will have a certain degree of coronary art -- heart disease. We're waiting on that. We move to the story of a teenager impercent stating a cop pulling someone over in what

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