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Campaign confirms Sanders had a heart attack

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the Climate Forum at Georgetown University in Washington. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren raked in more cash over the past three months than any of their Democratic rivals. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had a heart attack this week.

His campaign confirmed on Friday afternoon that the Vermont senator was diagnosed with myocardial infarction, or a heart attack this week.  He went to a hospital in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.

Aides for Mr. Sanders say he walked out of Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center feeling great and looking forward to getting back to work. He was expected to return to Vermont.

The campaign released a statement from Sanders’ doctors in Nevada who said that said he was stable upon his arrival in the hospital and had two stents placed in a blocked artery. The doctors said Sanders made “good expected progress” and all of his other arteries were normal.

The 78-year-old was hospitalized after he experienced chest discomfort during a campaign event Tuesday.