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Sanders cancels campaign events after medical procedure

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Posted at 10:30 AM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 11:30:11-04

Sen. Bernie Sanders is canceling campaign events until further notice after he underwent a procedure after the Democratic presidential candidate was found to have a blockage in an artery, the Sanders campaign announced Wednesday.

Sanders, 78, was hospitalized in Las Vegas, Nevada.

During a campaign event yesterday evening, Sen. Sanders experienced some chest discomfort. Following a medical evaluation, he was tested and found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted," said Sanders’ senior adviser Jeff Weaver in a statement released on Wednesday.

"Sen. Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days," Weaver said. "We are canceling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates."

Sanders is one of three septuagenarians in the Democratic primary, and the oldest. Former Vice President Joe Biden is 76. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is 70.

President Donald Trump, who was the oldest elected president, is 73.

If elected, Sanders would be the oldest president to serve.