Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) announced on Sunday that he has been hospitalized after suffering a “minor stroke” over the weekend while giving a speech.
The junior senator from Maryland said in a statement on Twitter that doctors at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., have informed him that “there are no long-term effects or damage as a result of this incident.” Van Hollen says he will remain hospitalized for "a few days" but plans to return to work in the Senate later this week.
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"This weekend, I was admitted to George Washington University Hospital after experiencing lightheadedness and acute neck pain while I was delivering a speech in Western Maryland. At the recommendation of the Attending Physician, I sought medical attention upon my return home," Van Hollen's statement began.
"Earlier today, an angiogram indicated that I had experienced a minor stroke in the form of a small venous tear at the back of my 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. I look forward to returning to work in the Senate later this week and thank the medical team for their excellent care," Van Hollen concluded.
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. My full statement is below: pic.twitter.com/1sYq7FZMqS— Senator Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) May 16, 2022
Van Hollen, 63, was elected to the Senate in 2016. He is up for reelection this year and will be on the ballot in the Democratic primary slated for July 19. Van Hollen is a part of the slim majority Democrats hold in the Senate, with 48 Democrats, two independents who caucus with the Democrats, and Kamala Harris's tiebreaking vote.
The Maryland senator is the second high-profile politician to announce a stroke diagnosis on Sunday.
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who is leading in the state's Democratic Senate primary, revealed the same day that he suffered a stroke on Friday.
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Fetterman, 52, said in a statement that he had gone to the hospital for a checkup after he began feeling ill and learned he had a stroke "caused by a clot from my heart being in an A-fib rhythm for too long."
Fetterman said that he is hospitalized, but doctors expect him to make a full recovery.