Pennsylvania Senate hopeful John Fetterman undergoes successful procedure to implant pacemaker

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the leading candidate in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, underwent a successful procedure to implant a pacemaker after suffering a stroke last week.

“Doc just called me, Joo’s procedure is complete and it was PERFECT!” tweeted Fetterman’s wife, Gisele.

According to Fetterman’s campaign, the pacemaker will help protect his heart and treat the underlying cause of his stroke, atrial fibrillation (A-fib), by regulating his heart rate and rhythm.

Fetterman, 52, who was hospitalized all weekend, previously insisted the health emergency was not slowing his campaign.
On Friday morning, before Fetterman showed up at a planned campaign event at Millersville University, Fetterman’s wife “noticed that John wasn’t himself, and soon after he started falling out. his speech and he was taken to hospital,” a campaign spokesperson said.
In a 16-second video released by his campaign, a seated, speaking clearly Fetterman explained that he “just wasn’t feeling very well” on Friday and decided to go to the hospital at the request of his wife. He detailed the situation in more detail in a written statement.

“I had a stroke that was caused by a clot from my heart being in an A-fib rhythm for too long,” Fetterman said. He said doctors managed to remove the clot, “reversing the stroke” and bring his heart under control.

“The good news is that I feel much better, and the doctors tell me that I have not suffered any cognitive damage,” he said in the statement.
Questions about Fetterman’s health swirled throughout the weekend after he canceled scheduled public appearances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. His campaign cited a health issue but was not specific until Sunday.

Democrats see the race to replace incumbent Republican Senator from Pennsylvania Pat Toomey as one of their best opportunities to land a Senate seat this fall. Voters now decide general election candidates for both parties.

The GOP primarily includes famed heart surgeon Mehmet Oz, former hedge fund manager David McCormick, and conservative commentator Kathy Barnette, among others. Democrats choose from a four-person panel that includes Fetterman, three-term U.S. Representative Conor Lamb and State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta.

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