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John Fetterman Is ‘Recovering Well’ From Stroke, His Doctor Says

John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee for a Pennsylvania Senate seat, is “recovering well” from a stroke he suffered in May and is wholesome sufficient for full-time work within the Senate, Fetterman’s main care doctor wrote in a new medical report that the marketing campaign launched Wednesday.

The new report is the primary official replace from a medical skilled about Fetterman’s well being because the candidate, who’s presently lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, launched a letter from his heart specialist in early June. It comes amid pressure on Fetterman, who continues to have problem precisely deciphering phrases he hears, to do extra to settle lingering doubts about his bodily and cognitive health for public office.

“Overall, the Lt. Governor is recovering well from his stroke and his health has continued to improve,” wrote Dr. Clifford Chen of Community Family Practice-UPMC in Duquesne, Pennsylvania.

“Overall, Lt. Governor Fetterman is well and shows strong commitment to maintaining good fitness and health practices,” Chen concluded. “He has no work restrictions and can work full duty in public office.”

In the report, Chen mentioned that he examined Fetterman final Friday for a follow-up go to after he started seeing Fetterman as a affected person in May.

During the go to, Fetterman had “normal” blood strain and pulse, “normal” energy in his legs and arms, and delivered a “clear” lung examination. Fetterman workout routines “routinely” and is able to “regularly” strolling 4-5 miles with none challenges, in line with Chen.

In addition, Fetterman’s speech has “significantly improved” since his first go to with Chen, thanks partially to common speech remedy classes, Chen wrote.

“He spoke intelligently without cognitive deficits,” he added.

At the identical time, Chen confirmed that Fetterman “continues to exhibit symptoms of an auditory processing disorder which can come across as hearing difficulty.”

“Occasional words he will ‘miss’ which seems like he doesn’t hear the word but it is actually not processed properly,” Chen wrote.

Fetterman suffered a stroke that was almost deadly mere days earlier than his landslide win within the Democratic Senate main on May 17. The day of the first election, Fetterman underwent surgical procedure to have a pacemaker inserted.

In the primary physician’s letter that Fetterman launched a number of weeks later, Fetterman’s heart specialist, Dr. Ramesh Chandra, revealed to the general public that Fetterman suffers from a persistent coronary heart situation, atrial fibrillation, which induced the stroke. In the course of treating Fetterman, the doctor found a second coronary heart situation, cardiomyopathy, which makes it tougher for the guts to pump blood to the remainder of the physique.

Fetterman had visited Chandra for therapy in 2017 when his ft have been swollen. Chandra recognized Fetterman’s atrial fibrillation, the important thing symptom of which is an irregular heartbeat, at the moment.

But within the intervening interval, Fetterman didn’t observe up with Chandra or take the blood thinners that have been prescribed. Fetterman has since vowed to hearken to medical directions and maintains a more healthy food regimen.

Fetterman spent about three months recovering. He marked his return to the marketing campaign path with a rally in Erie on Aug. 12.

Fetterman has since saved a daily schedule of marketing campaign occasions and rallies, however he has not made himself obtainable to reporters following his occasions and supplied a restricted variety of interviews. For in-depth interviews, he depends on closed captioning to make sure that he precisely understands each phrase that the interviewer is saying.

Fetterman additionally fought publicly along with his Republican opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz, over the variety of televised debates and their timing. Oz expressed a willingness to do 5 debates and wished them to start in early September. Fetterman finally agreed to 1 that is because of happen on Oct. 25.

Oz and his Republican allies have seized on video clips of Fetterman mangling phrases throughout his speeches as proof that he’s unfit for office.

But Fetterman has been open about his auditory processing difficulties and attacked Oz, a former cardiac surgeon, for mocking him. (In truth, Oz has largely delegated the duty of mocking Fetterman to campaign aides.)

“I hope you didn’t have a doctor in your life making fun of it, laughing at you, telling you that you’re not able to do your job, you’re not fit to serve,” Fetterman mentioned at a late September rally in Philadelphia. “But unfortunately, I have a doctor in my life making fun of me and saying all of those things. But if we don’t do what we have to do and step up, you’re going to have that doctor in your life for the next six years.”

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