Sen. Bernie Sanders was hospitalized with chest pains and doctors placed stents in an artery to correct a blockage, his campaign said Wednesday.
The rumpled lefty Democratic presidential candidate was resting comfortably in a Las Vegas hospital after the overnight procedure and cancelled upcoming campaign appearances.
“Sanders is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days,” said senior adviser Jeff Weaver said in a statement.
Sanders, 78, has been running third in recent polls behind front runner Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
The Vermont senator was due to appearance at the March for Our Lives’ Presidential Gun Safety Forum on Wednesday.
Despite sagging a bit in recent polls, Sanders is coming off the Tuesday announcement of a massive $25 million fundraising haul in the past three months.
The health scare is an unwelcome reminder that the three top Democrats — Sanders, Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren — are all more than 70 years old.
Warren is the only one of the trio who is younger than President Trump, who is 73.
Sanders has had few known health issues in the past and has generally avoided questions about his age that have dogged Biden.
He cut his head in the shower in March and wore a bandage on his head during a campaign event in South Carolina shortly afterward. He got six stiches and was given a clean bill of health by doctors.
Age has been a key issue for Biden because he has repeatedly made damaging gaffes and awkward statements on the campaign trail. Trump often mocks Biden as “Sleepy Joe” but refers to Sanders as “Crazy Bernie” over his leftist policies.
Biden forcefully rebuffed rival Julian Castro’s efforts to paint him as forgetful in the last Democratic debate — and the nasty attack largely backfired on Castro.