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

by | Oct 19, 2022 | Politics

John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee for a Pennsylvania Senate seat, is “recovering well” from a stroke he suffered in May and is healthy enough for full-time work in the Senate, Fetterman’s primary care physician wrote in a new medical report that the campaign released Wednesday.The new report is the first official update from a medical professional about Fetterman’s health since the candidate, who is currently lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, released a letter from his cardiologist in early June. It comes amid pressure on Fetterman, who continues to have difficulty accurately interpreting words he hears, to do more to settle lingering doubts about his physical and cognitive fitness for public office.Advertisement“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 said that he examined Fetterman last Friday for a follow-up visit after he began seeing Fetterman as a patient in May. During the visit, Fetterman had “normal” blood pressure and pulse, “normal” strength in his arms and legs, and delivered a “clear” lung exam. Fetterman exercises “routinely” and is capable of “regularly” walking 4-5 miles without any challenges, according to Chen.AdvertisementIn addition, Fetterman’s speech has “significantly improved” since his first visit with Chen, thanks in part to regular speech therapy sessions, Chen wrote.“He spoke intelligently without cognitive deficits,” he added.At the same 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 nearly fatal mere days before his landslide win in the Democratic Senate primary on May 17. The day of the primary election, Fetterman underwent surgery to have a pacemaker inserted.In the first doctor’s letter that Fetterman released a few weeks later, Fetterman’s cardiologist, Dr. Ramesh Chandra, revealed to the public that Fetterman suffers from a chronic heart condition, atrial fibrillation, which caused the stroke. In the course of treating Fetterman, the physician discovered a second heart condition, cardiomyopathy, which makes it harder for the heart to pump blood to the rest of the body.AdvertisementFetterman had visited Chandra for treatment in 2017 when his feet were swollen. Chandra diagnosed Fetterman’s atrial fibrillation, the key symptom of which is an irregular heartbeat, at that time. But in the intervening period, Fetterman failed to follow up with Chandra or take the blood thinners that were prescribed. Fetterman has since vowed to listen to medical instructions and maintains a healthier diet.Fetterman spent about three months recovering. He marked his return to the campaign trail with a rally in Erie on Aug. 12.Fetterman has since kept a regular schedule of campaign events and rallies, but he has not made himself available to reporters following his events and provided a limited number of interviews. For in-depth interviews, he relies on closed captioning to ensure that he accurately understands every word that the interviewer is …

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