BRADDOCK, Pa. — Lt. Governor and U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman has released a letter from his cardiologist and a statement about his medical condition following a stroke he suffered last month.

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Fetterman’s stroke was caused by a clot from his heart “being in an A-fib rhythm for too long.” He had a defibrillator fitted last month for his condition.

“If he does what I tell him, and I believe he’s taking his recovery and his health very seriously right now, he should be able to campaign and serve in the United States Senate with no problem,” the cardiologist said. Fettermann. Dr Ramesh R Chandra, said.

Dr Chandra said Fetterman is “compensated well and stable” and that his defibrillator is “working perfectly”.

In a statement on Friday, Fetterman said he should have taken his health more seriously.

“The stroke I suffered on May 13 did not come out of nowhere. Like so many others, and so many men in particular, I avoided going to the doctor, even though I knew I was not feeling well,” Fetterman wrote. “As a result, I almost died. I want to encourage others not to make the same mistake. In 2017, I had swollen feet and went to the hospital to get checked. That’s when I learned that I had heart disease. Then I didn’t follow through. I thought that losing weight and exercising would be enough. Of course, it wasn’t.

“I want to emphasize that this was completely preventable. My cardiologist told me that if I had continued to take blood thinners, I would never have had a stroke. I didn’t do what the doctor told me. But I won’t make that mistake again. Caring for others is important, but you also have to include yourself in it,” he said.

Fetterman ended his statement by saying he was ready to resume campaigning:

“This race is so important to Pennsylvania and to the country. I’m going to be ready for it, and I can’t wait to get back on track.