Nearly 3 months after heart attack, Bernie Sanders in 'good health': Physicians

The 78-year-old senator was hospitalized following the health scare in October.

"Mr. Sanders is more than fit enough to pursue vigorous activities and an occupation that requires stamina and an ability handle a great deal of stress," Dr. Philip A. Ades, director of cardiac rehabilitation and Patrick D. Savage, senior clinic exercise physiologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center, wrote in the letter.

The 78-year-old senator from Vermont was hospitalized following the health scare in October.

Since then, Sanders' "heart muscle strength has improved" and he is no longer taking the medication that was initially prescribed to him after the heart attack, according to Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician at the U.S. Capitol.

"You have never had symptoms of congestive heart failure. The heart chamber sizes, wall thickness, estimated pressures, and heart valves are normal. Several 24-hour recordings of your heart electrical activity indicated no significant heat rhythm abnormality," added Monahan.

In December, Sanders also underwent a treadmill stress test with continuous electrocardiogram, or EKG, monitoring, which demonstrated heart function, muscular exertion and oxygen consumption. Sanders tested at a 92% level of maximum exertion of his predicted heart rate, with no evidence of reduced blood flow to his heart, according to a campaign news release.

"Mr. Sanders was able to exercise to a level that is approximately 50% higher than other men his age with a similar diagnosis," wrote Ades.

According to Monahan, Sanders had a normal blood pressure level, and was "6 feet 0 inches tall, and weighed "174 pounds."

Sanders has also been treated for a several other medical conditions, including gout, high cholesterol, diverticulitis, an inflation of the intestines, hypothyroidism, an under active thyroid gland, laryngitis, lumbar strain and complete removal of superficial skin lesions.

"At this point, I see no reason 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," Dr. Martin M. LeWinter, Sanders' personal cardiologist and the attending cardiologist at UVM, wrote in a separate letter

Sanders -- the oldest candidate in the 2020 race -- had pledged to release his medical records ahead of the Iowa caucuses, but when asked on New Year's Eve if more records were forthcoming, he said, "I think probably not."

Prior to the start of voting, Former Vice President Joe Biden and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have also both released their medical history.