Sanders says he was 'dumb' not to pay attention to warning signs before heart attack

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) said Tuesday that he should have paid attention to his symptoms in the months leading up to his recent heart attack.   

“I must confess that I was dumb,” he said while speaking in Burlington, Vt. “I, in the last month or two, just was more fatigued than I usually have been, and I should have listened to those symptoms.”

“I want people to pay attention to their symptoms, and when you’re hurting, when you’re fatigued, when you have pain in your chest, listen to it,” he added. 

The Democratic presidential candidate also said that he would not release his medical records sooner than originally planned in light of the incident but that he did plan to release them. 

Sanders, 78, left the hospital last week after suffering what physicians said was a heart attack. He had two stents placed in a blocked coronary artery.


His campaign confirmed to The Hill on Thursday that he will participate in the next Democratic debate on Oct. 15.

His hospitalization has highlighted the issue of age among the 2020 contenders. Biden and other top Democratic candidates Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE are all in their 70s. President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE is 73.

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