Bernie Sanders discharged from hospital, doctors said he had heart attack

Bernie Sanders
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Bernie Sanders left a Las Vegas hospital Friday afternoon, with his doctors saying he had a heart attack. 

The Democratic presidential candidate, 78, was spotted leaving the hospital with wife Jane O’Meara Sanders at his side.

Sanders said in a statement, "I want to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center for the excellent care that they provided. After two and a half days in the hospital, I feel great, and after taking a short time off, I look forward to getting back to work."

Sen. Sanders’ treating physicians, Dr. Arturo E. Marchand Jr., and Dr. Arjun Gururaj, said in a statement, “After presenting to an outside facility with chest pain, Sen. Sanders was diagnosed with a myocardial infarction. He was immediately transferred to Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center."

They added, “The Senator was stable upon arrival and taken immediately to the cardiac catheterization laboratory, at which time two stents were placed in a blocked coronary artery in a timely fashion. All other arteries were normal. His hospital course was uneventful with good expected progress. He was discharged with instructions to follow up with his personal physician.”

When asked how he was feeling as he exited the hospital, he said, "Great, great, thank you," ABC News' Chris Donato reported. 

The Vermont senator was hospitalized in Las Vegas after he experienced chest discomfort during a campaign event Tuesday and sought medical evaluation. Two stents were “successfully inserted,” his campaign said.

Sanders’ wife said in a statement released by the campaign Thursday that her husband was expected to be discharged and fly back to Vermont before the end of the weekend.

"Bernie is up and about. Yesterday, he spent much of the day talking with staff about policies, cracking jokes with the nurses and doctors, and speaking with his family on the phone. His doctors are pleased with his progress, and there has been no need for any additional procedures,” she said.

Sanders received a hospital visit from former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said Bianca Recto, Sanders’ Nevada communications director. The longtime Democratic lawmaker from Nevada served with Sanders in Congress for decades.

Democrats will hold their next presidential debate on Oct. 15 in Ohio, and Sanders' campaign said he will be in attendance.