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Senator Chris Van Hollen of Maryland says he had a minor stroke during the speech

Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said he suffered a minor stroke while delivering a speech in the western part of his state over the weekend.

In a statement late Sunday, Van Hollen, 63, a Democrat, said he had no long-term damage and that after a few days off he would return to work.

He said that during the speech, details of which were not available, he felt dizzy and had pain in his neck.

Van Hollen said it was enough to prompt a visit to George Washington University Hospital in Washington, where an attending physician recommended a follow-up evaluation when he returned home to nearby Kensington, Maryland.

“Earlier today, an angiogram indicated that I had suffered a minor stroke in the form of a small vein tear in the back of my head,” Van Hollen said in the statement.

He said his doctors had recommended taking a few days off for “observation”. “Fortunately, I have been informed that there are no long term effects or damages as a result of this incident,” he said.

Van Hollen is running for re-election without formidable opposition.

In neighboring Pennsylvania, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman said earlier on Sunday he had suffered a stroke and would ‘take a minute’ campaigning to make what he said was a recovery. complete.

Two days away from the Pennsylvania Senate primary, Fetterman is the leading Democrat in the race for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Frank Thorp V contributed.

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