Bernie Sanders taken to hospital with chest pains and blocked artery

Bernie Sanders was rushed to the hospital after an event in Las Vegas due to chest pains while he was at the Mandalay Bay shooting memorial.  He was immediately rushed into surgery after being admitted to the emergency room to combat a blocked artery, his campaign has announced.

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The 78-year-old is said to be “conversing and in good spirits” following the procedure, which resulted in two stents being inserted into an artery.

““During a campaign event yesterday evening, [senator] Sanders experienced some chest discomfort. Following medical evaluation and testing he was found to have a blockage in one artery and two stents were successfully inserted,” the campaign said in an emailed statement. He “is conversing and in good spirits. He will be resting up over the next few days. We are cancelling his events and appearances until further notice, and we will continue to provide appropriate updates.”

Sanders remains hospitalized, a source told ABC News, and is expected to survive.

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