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Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., was hospitalized over the weekend following a stroke, the senator revealed Sunday evening.
“This weekend, after feeling dizzy while giving a speech, I saw a doctor on the recommendation of the attending physician,” Van Hollen said on Twitter. “I feel much better but I will follow doctors’ orders and reduce my schedule for the next few days.”
He released a full statement, saying, “I was admitted to George Washington University Hospital after experiencing dizziness and severe neck pain while delivering a speech in Western Maryland.”
“Earlier today an angiogram indicated that I had suffered a minor stroke in the form of a small vein [sic] tear in the back of the head,” the senator added. “Fortunately, I have been informed that there are no long term effects or damages as a result of this incident, but my doctors advised me, as a precaution, to remain under observation for a few days. “
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Van Hollen, 63, has served in the US Senate since 2017.
Van Hollen isn’t the only top Democratic politician to suffer a stroke over the weekend.
Pennsylvania lieutenant governor and US Senate Candidate John Fetterman suffered a stroke on Friday, according to a statement released by his campaign on Sunday.
“On Friday I didn’t feel well, so I went to the hospital to get checked out,” Fetterman said in a statement on Sunday. “I didn’t want to go – I didn’t think I had to – but Gisèle insisted, and as usual she was right. I didn’t feel well, but I was so focused on the campaign that I ignored the signs and carried on Friday it finally caught up with me I had a stroke which was caused by my heart clot in A-fib rhythm for too long.
“Fortunately, Gisèle spotted the symptoms and took me to the hospital within minutes,” he added. “The amazing doctors here were able to quickly and completely remove the clot, reversing the stroke, they also got my heart under control. It’s a good reminder to listen to your body and be aware of the signs.”
Like Van Hollen, Fetterman said he would be able to resume normal work after a short hiatus, with little lasting damage.
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“The good news is that I am feeling much better, and the doctors have told me that I had no cognitive damage. I am on track for a full recovery,” the lieutenant governor said. . “They are keeping me here for observation for now but I should be out of here soon. recovery.”
About 795,000 people in the United States have strokes each year, and of those incidents, 137,000 people die, according to the National Institutes of Health. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America. About 610,000 of these cases are first strokes, and most people who survive a stroke will have another stroke within 5 years.
Lifestyle factors and conditions that increase a person’s risk of stroke include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, history of stroke, and smoking. Additional risk factors include physical inactivity, obesity, high cholesterol, sickle cell disease, excessive alcohol consumption, family history of stroke, drug use, genetic diseases, certain medications (such as hormonal birth control pills), pregnancy and menopause.