Senator Bernie Sanders has released 3 letters from physicians saying he’s healthy and fit to continue running for President.
Less than 3 months ago, Sanders suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized in October.
Bernie Sanders is 78 years old and will be 79 years old by election day in November of 2020.
Yahoo reports Bernie Sanders released letters from three physicians on Monday affirming that he is healthy and fit both to run for president and to hold the highest office in the country.
Sanders, 78, an independent senator from Vermont who is seeking the Democratic presidential nod, is under pressure to demonstrate his health after having a heart attack in October that sidelined him for a couple of weeks.
Dr. Martin LeWinter, a cardiologist at the University of Vermont medical center who is treating Sanders, said his recovery after the heart attack and the insertion of two stents has been “uneventful” and that his “heart function is stable and well-preserved.” LeWinter further stated that Sanders is getting exercise and shows signs of “above average” capacity for physical exertion.
“At this point, I can see no reason he cannot continue campaigning without limitation, and should he be elected,” LeWinter concluded.
Dr. Brian Monahan, whose practice in the U.S. Capitol in Washington has attended to Sanders’ care over the course of his 29-year tenure in Congress, provided details of Sanders’ statistics. Sanders is 6 feet tall, weighs 174 pounds, has a pulse of 62 beats per minute, and his blood pressure is 102 over 56, according to Monahan.
Monahan attested that Sanders exercises regularly, has no history of smoking and “seldom” drinks alcohol.
Congress’s office of the attending physician has, over the years, treated Sanders for a host of minor conditions: gout, high cholesterol, diverticulitis, laryngitis, lower back pain and “superficial” skin lesions. Sanders has also undergone surgeries for hernia repair and removal of a vocal cord cyst.
In a third letter, Dr. Phillip Ades, director of cardiac rehabilitation at the University of Vermont medical center, said that Sanders was able to exercise at a level over 50% higher than other men his age.
Sanders is “more than fit enough to pursue vigorous activities and an occupation that requires stamina and an ability to handle a great deal of stress,” Ades wrote.