In an alarming bit of news over the weekend, Maryland Democrat Sen. Chris Van Hollen, 63, announced on Sunday that he had been hospitalized after suffering a stroke, as Fox News reports.
Taking to Twitter to break the startling news to friends and constituents alike, Van Hollen wrote, “this weekend, after feeling lightheaded while delivering a speech, I sought medical attention at the recommendation of the Attending Physician. I’m feeling much better but will follow doctors’ orders and curtail my schedule for the next few days.”
The lawmaker provided additional details on what occurred in a longer statement on the matter, noting that he was admitted as a patient to George Washington University Hospital due to neck pain as well as the aforementioned lightheadedness.
Confirmation of Van Hollen’s stroke was made via angiogram, according to the senator, who said that there was “a small venous [sic] tear at the back of [his] head.”
“Fortunately, I have been informed that there are no long-term effects or damage as a result of this incident, but my doctors have advised that out of an abundance of caution I remain under observation for a few days,” Van Hollen added.
In an odd twist of fate, Van Hollen’s was not the only stroke suffered by a prominent Democrat in the past few days, as U.S. Senate candidate and current Pennsylvania Lieutenant Gov. John Fetterman experienced a similar medical emergency, as Fox News reported separately.
In a statement issued Sunday by Fetterman’s campaign, the lieutenant governor explained, “On Friday, I wasn’t feeling well, so I went to the hospital to get checked out. …I hadn’t been feeling well, but was so focused on the campaign that I ignored the signs and just kept going. On Friday it finally caught up with me. I had a stroke that was caused by a clot from my heart being in A-fib rhythm for too long.”
“The amazing doctors here were able to quickly and completely remove the clot, reversing the stroke, they got my heart under control as well. It’s a good reminder to listen to your body and be aware of the signs,” Fetterman added.
As is reportedly the case with Van Hollen, Fetterman stated that he is not expected to suffer any lasting effects from the incident and believes he is on the way to a “full recovery,” which is something, political differences aside, all Americans surely hope is on the immediate horizon for both.