John Fatterman, vice governor of Pennsylvania and the main candidate for the US Senate from the Democratic Party, recovers after stroke he said it was caused by a heart disease called atrial fibrillation.
In a Sunday statement, Fetterman said doctors believe he is on his way to “full recovery.”
Look at what happened, the diagnosis, the future of the Fetterman campaign and what could cause A-fib.
It was Friday morning when Fetherman’s company first canceled the event. The company’s communications director, Joe Calvela, told many people who were waiting for a meeting with Fetterman at the University of Millersville that he felt bad that morning and had to cancel.
The company canceled other events on Friday and the weekend, without saying anything about its condition and location. They testified Sunday afternoon that he had suffered a stroke and was hospitalized.
In a 16-second video released by the company with the statement, Feterman and his wife Giselle appear together while Feterman sits and speaks clearly.
“As you can see, we made a small mistake in the election campaign,” she began.
The 52-year-old Fetterman claims that his candidacy will continue, that he is feeling much better and that he is expected to fully recover.
However, it is unclear when he will leave the hospital in Lancaster and whether he will attend the main night event that his company has planned in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Fetterman suffered a stroke in a tense sprint in the final days of the primary campaign when he had a full schedule of trips and public events across the state.
Although companies may slow down a bit in the weeks after the primaries, the company does not say whether this will affect Fetterman’s schedule or what visits to doctors or medications will be needed in the future.
Fetterman said the campaign itself “is not slowing down one step.”
Nothing else is changing. Fetterman remains in the race and on the ballot along with three other Democratic candidates.
In a statement, Fetterman said he had a stroke that was caused by a heart clot that had been in the A-fib rhythm for too long. Doctors quickly and completely removed the clot, reversing the stroke, Fetterman said.
Blood can drain inside the heart pocket, allowing clots to form. The clots can then break off, get stuck and cut off the blood, often in the brain, which receives significant blood flow.
Fetterman did not say what method doctors used to remove the clot and what further treatment would be needed.
Dr Donald Lloyd-Jones, a cardiologist and chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University, said clots could be removed with drugs that “break down blood clots” or, more often, by extracting the clot “mechanically” by inserting a catheter through a catheter. artery in the groin.
The longer a blood clot blocks an artery, the more brain cells can die, so it’s important to recognize the symptoms of a stroke, said Lloyd-Jones, president of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.
According to Dr. Lloyd-Jones, people who develop A-fib almost always take blood-thinning drugs for the rest of their lives to prevent blood clots that cause stroke.
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A-fibrillation – or atrial fibrillation – occurs when the upper chambers of the heart, called the atria, go out of sync with the pumping action of the lower chambers. This is a type of irregular heartbeat that is potentially severe but treatable.
In such an abnormal rhythm the upper chambers beat so fast that they cannot contract as usual. As a result, they do not move blood efficiently, so blood can stagnate in the upper chambers and form a clot, Lloyd-Jones said.
Sometimes patients experience tremors or palpitations, but many times they are unaware of the episode. Sometimes the heart returns to the rhythm on its own. Other patients receive an electric shock to return to rhythm.
A-fib causes 130,000 deaths and 750,000 hospitalizations a year in the U.S. 2% to 3% of adults in the U.S. at the age of Fetterman have suffered a stroke, and a significant number of them have caused atrial fibrillation, Lloyd-Jones said. .
A-fib is most common in the elderly, and other risks include high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or a family history of arrhythmias. Obesity is also a significant risk factor, as is growth, Lloyd Jones said.
Fetterman’s height 6 feet 8, he has in the past openly talked about his desire to lose weight. He weighed over 400 pounds before losing almost 150 pounds in 2018.
Routine screening is not recommended for people without symptoms. Studies have not yet proven that early detection through screening will prevent enough strokes to outweigh the risks of unnecessary testing or over-treatment.