Maryland senator Van Hollen hospitalized after stroke but says no long-term damage

The Maryland Democrat said in a statement that his doctors told him “there are no long-term effects or damage as a result of this incident” but that he will remain in the hospital for observation in the next few days. He said in the statement that he plans to return to work later this week.

The lawmaker was admitted to George Washington University Hospital over the weekend after “experienced dizziness and severe pain in his neck” while delivering a speech in his home state, according to his statement. He said he sought medical help when he returned home on the recommendation of a doctor.

His announcement came as a reminder of Democrats’ dangerously thin 50-50 majority in the Senate, where they can’t afford to lose any votes.
Democratic Senator Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico returned to work in March after suffering a stroke earlier this year.
News about the health of Van Hollen, who is up for re-election this year, came the same day. Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the frontrunner for his state’s Democratic Senate nomination on Tuesday, announced he was recovering from a stroke.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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